Mother’s Who Smoke Subject Babies to Higher Systolic Blood Pressure

There was a study that took place in the Netherlands.

This study was of 456 infants.

It showed that, by age 2 months, babies born to mothers who smoked had higher systolic blood pressures as compared to those whose mothers didn’t smoke.

Those babies of non-smokers weren’t exposed to smoke during pregnancy.

Picture of Baby Our findings indicate maternal smoking during pregnancy has a direct substantial impact on systolic blood pressure in early infancy.

This is yet another reason for women not to smoke during pregnancy, said Caroline C. Geerts, lead author of the study and a doctoral student at Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht in The Netherlands.

“This association appears to occur in utero and doesn’t appear to be due to the postnatal environment of the infant.”

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~American Heart Assoc. Journal Report 7/30/2007

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