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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The adverse impact of smoking on pregnant women

A study for the first time successfully demonstrated the impact of the activity of pregnant women who smoke on the fetus significantly. Studies reveal that the activity of mothers who smoked during pregnancy affects the behavior and development of the fetus.

Nadja Reissland of Durham University observed 20 pregnant women in the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Four among a number of the mothers who smoked up to 14 cigarettes a day. By using instruments 4D scans, Reissland oversee the fetus development. Scanning is performed to determine the behavior of the fetus at weeks 24, 28, 32, and 36.
A pilot study by Durham University researchers looked at the movements of fetuses at 32 weeks gestation in smokers and non-smokers. The fetus carried by the smoker touches its face and mouth much more, indicating its development is delayed. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1Chauz8)
Scientists know that while in the womb, the fetus often to moving their mouth and touching themselves on the face and mouth. Frequency touching themselves wane before the birth. Based on her research published in the Acta Paediatrica journal, Reissland said that the fetus of smoking mothers have a higher frequency in the activities of mouth movements and touch themselves.

Movement of the mouth and touching themselves demonstrate the ability of control over the body, which is becoming increasingly well before the birth. With higher frequencies, the fetus showed lower control capabilities.
Reissland said, this still early stage studies to prove the impact of smoking on the development of the fetal central nervous. "More studies are needed to investigate specific effects, including interactions maternal stress and smoking," she said. 

As reported by the Daily Mail on Monday, March 23, 2015, Reissland hope to sensitize women to quit smoking during pregnancy. This research adds another evidence of the adverse effects that occur in fetuses of pregnant women who smoke. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAILYMAIL]
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