Smoking during Pregnancy May Lead to Cerebral Palsy in Offspring

A new study led by Dr. Hui Chen from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, suggests that smoking during pregnancy can be a risk factor for cerebral palsy in offspring.cerebral palsy

A team of researchers achieved their results by studying mice born to mothers that had been exposed to cigarette smoke before and during pregnancy. In the course of the study, the scientists tested motor skills of the mouse pups and discovered that they demonstrated movement issues similar to those that arise in cerebral palsy.

Dr. Hui Chen says: “However, the message for the public is if you want a healthy baby, you need to stop smoking long before you plan for the pregnancy.”

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