A study in Germany conducted with approximately 600 pregnant mothers has found a link between smoking and genetic changed in the unborn child which will effect the child for a life time.
This research found genetic changes which could cause diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and later life lung disease. The research concluded that smoking as a pregnant woman not only harms the mother, but passes through to the unborn child. Evidence of this was through the discovery of an enzyme in the mother and the cord blood of the child.
The research was conducted to find new starting points in how to prevent future disease that are caused by environmental exposures such as smoking.
The finding during pregnancy are important because smoking mothers continue to expose their children to second hand smoke after they are born.
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Maternal smoking during pregnancy leaves its lasting mark on the child’s genetic make-up