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Vitamin C may offset effects of maternal smoking on baby

IANS  |  New York 

Although during is reported to have an adverse effect on foetus health, a new study shows that regular intake of C by smoker mom-to-be may help reduce harm done to infant's lungs after birth.

The study showed that at three months of age, infants whose mothers took 500 mg of C per day in addition to their prenatal had significantly better forced expiratory flows (FEFs) that measure how fast air can be exhaled from the lung and can detect

In addition, the researchers also found an association between the infant FEFs and a genetic variant some of the mothers possessed that increased the negative impact of nicotine on the babies before they were born.

"during reflects the highly addictive nature of nicotine that disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations," said Cindy T. McEvoy, from the Oregon and in the US.

"Finding a way to help infants exposed to and nicotine in uterus recognises the unique dangers posed by a highly advertised, and the lifetime effects on offspring who did not choose to be exposed," McEvoy added.

For the study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the team randomly assigned 251 pregnant women who smoked, to either receive (125 women) or a placebo (126 women).

The study also demonstrated that all participants received counselling sessions of discontinuing tobacco smoking throughout the study, and about 10 per cent of the women quit smoking during the study.

The researchers mentioned that helping mothers quit smoking should remain the primary goal for professionals and public officials.

"Although vitamin C supplementation may protect to some extent the lungs of babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy, those children will still be at greater risk for obesity, and other serious health issues," the team noted.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 14:30 IST
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