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Smoking during pregnancy and academic performance in adolescent offspring

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Building off of my last post, where I shared research on e-cigarette vs combustible cigarette use during pregnancy, another new Australian study has looked beyond birth outcomes to determine what the long term impacts of maternal smoking during pregnancy (MSDP) is on the academic performance of adolescent offspring.

The study looked at Grade 9 students whose mothers had self-reported smoking during pregnancy, and used the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy to compare academic performance of students whose mothers had smoked in pregnancy, compared to those who had not. The study found strong evidence of impacts of MSDP in almost all academic domains, with the highest impacts on spelling, followed by writing and numeracy. Interestingly, the effects of MSDP had the strongest impacts on the performance of female offspring in all domains.

Here again is yet another motivator to fully support pregnant women in their efforts to stop smoking during pregnancy.

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In health,

Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy, ND

Terra Life

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References:

Ayano, G. et al. (2021). Maternal smoking during pregnancy and poor academic performance in adolescent offspring: A registry data-based cohort study. Addictive Behaviors, 123.

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