Smoking During Pregnancy Makes Kids Psychotic

Michele Zipp
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smoking when pregnantI can't say I was free from all psychotic tendencies when I was a teen. I had some moments that I'm sure had my parents questioning what the heck was going on with me.

But according to this study, it wasn't me being boy crazy or my hormones in a rage, it was because my mom smoked when she was pregnant with me.

See...not my fault!

I've talked of this before and to make it clear again my mom was pregnant with me in 1972. Things were way different back then and smoking during pregnancy wasn't considered bad.

And though I am not a smoker, I do know how hard it is to quit. And as if women need another reason...here it is....

The British Journal of Psychiatry says that there is a link between smoking during pregnancy and psychotic behavior. "...Tobacco exposure in the womb may indirectly affect the development and function of a child's brain, impacting impulsivity, attention, or cognition," the article in US News & World Report noted.

The author of the study suggested that about 20 percent of adolescents would not have developed psychotic symptoms if their mothers had not smoked.

What do you think of this study?

 

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