Over-35 pregnant smokers risk baby heart defects
Babies born to women over 35 who smoke are at greater risk of having specific heart defects, research suggests. The study, from Seattle Children's, adds to existing evidence that smoking during pregnancy can damage babies' hearts, as well as increase the risk of miscarriage, small babies and premature birth. Dr. Patrick Sullivan, lead study author and clinical fellow in pediatric cardiology at Seattle Children's, said: "Ongoing cigarette use during pregnancy is a serious problem that increases the risk of many adverse outcomes in newborns.”
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