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Smoke During Pregnancy? Birth a Criminal!

Just when I thought I have heard it all, a new study about smoking during pregnancy comes out and throws a giant curve ball my way.

Nothing new to pregnant women though. We all know smoking during pregnancy is not really the brightest idea out there, but now new information suggests if you pick up a cigarette during pregnancy, your child may very well turn into a criminal.

You heard me right!  C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L!

Extreme for some of us to think about, but researchers now say due to the damage that can be done to the fetal brain during pregnancy, it increases the risk of the child racking up a criminal record later on in life.

The findings showed that children whose mothers had smoked heavily during the pregnancy were the most likely to have a criminal record as an adult.

They had a 30 per cent increased chance of having been arrested, and this applied to women just as much as it did to men even though statistically women are less likely to obtain a criminal record.

As a mother I have never thought about drinking, or smoking during pregnancy because of the repercussions I knew came with these choices, heck I never smoked a day in my life despite growing up with two parents who did smoke! But if this isn’t enough to get someone to quit, I don’t know what is!!

How do you feel about smoking during pregnancy?

How do you feel when you see a pregnant woman smoking in public or in her home?

photo : flickr.com/Polina Sergeeva

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