Put Out That Cigarette, or You May Have a Cross-Eyed Baby

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As if you needed another reason not to smoke while pregnant, as if we should even be having this conversation in the first place, here's a new fetal risk to add to the very loooong list: Cross eyes, or strabismus.

Inhale this -- for each cigarette a pregnant mom lights up a day, she raises her baby's risk of strabismus by 5%, reports Reuters.

Not to throw too many numbers at you, but here's looking at it another way:

  • Smoking between five and nine ciggies a day boosts the risk of a baby being born with cross eyes by 38%.
  • Smoking 10 or more cigarettes a day carried a super-scary 90%. That's practically a certainty!
  • Smoking less than 5 cigarettes a day didn't carry any increased risk, nor did nicotene replacement or drinking tea and coffee. But DON'T use this a license to just "cut back." There are tons of other reasons why you shouldn't smoke during pregnancy.

Do I even have to list them? Here's just a few ...

Smoking during pregnancy makes kids psychotic

Smoking ups the chances of a preterm birth and smaller baby

Smoking boosts the risk of SIDS

Smoking increases the chance you'll have a grumpy baby who's difficult to soothe

Trust me, it all matters. So just don't do it.

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