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.