Quitting Smoking During Pregnancy
Happier tots after stubbing out cigs
By: Emily Cook
Mums-to-be who stop smoking have happier babies than women who never smoked, a study showed yesterday.
Their children were more receptive to new things, less frightened of strangers and more cheerful.
Women who smoked throughout pregnancy had the grumpiest tots.
The study suggests mothers who quit are doing something special.
Dr Kate Pickett, of York – University, said: “They are taking a very specific maternal action to protect their babies.
“It could be a marker for an easy temperament. People who can quit smoking tobacco – one of the most addictive substances – may pass on their genetic traits to their babies.
“Women who quit also have better relationships and are less likely to have a history of social problems or antisocial behaviour compared with pregnancy smokers.”
The study was of 18,000 babies born between 2000 and 2002.
Dr Pickett added: “It is really important to avoid stigmatising mums who can’t manage to quit.
Pregnancy is a stressful time.”