Mother’s Smoking May Affect Girls’ Lifetime Reproductive Health
March 24, 2015 Girls whose mothers smoked while pregnant entered puberty at a younger age in a new Australian study. Since early menstruation is linked to higher risk of uterine, endometrial and breast cancers later in life, the researchers say that maternal smoking could set up daughters for health problems even before they’re born. “The real take home message of this study is that we have probably just hit the tip of the iceberg in terms of understanding just how harmful smoking during pregnancy can be on the child,” said lead author Alison Behie, a biological anthropologist at Australian National University in Canberra.
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