Exposure to passive smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of
congenital anomalies by 13% or still birth by 23%. This research has been
conducted by the Nottingham University.
Passive smoking has been associated with several risk factors during
pregnancy. Therefore this study highlights the
need for partners of expecting women to give up smoking that would ensure the
birth of a healthy child. Fathers should be vigilant that they do not smoke
around their partners.
The health hazards of smoking during pregnancy are well established. It can
lead to- fetal mortality, low birth weight (LBW), premature birth, cleft
palate, club foot or cardiac problems. These problems are due to exposure to
tobacco toxins. Since second hand smoking also involves exposure to the same
toxins just in lower proportions. Therefore passive smoking is also likely to
cause similar complications.