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Smoking During Pregnancy Cuts Chances of Having a Boy

Apr 10, 2008
Parents' smoking habits can reduce their chances of conceiving a baby boy by almost half, scientists say.

The study conducted by paediatricians at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine implied that smokers are less likely to have a boy. Besides, smoking during pregnancy may prevent male embryo implanting in the womb and may become a cause for miscarriage.

The data on 9,000 women who gave birth at Liverpool Women's Hospital between 1998 and 2003 showed that the proportion of female birth was dramatically higher among parents who smoke. Mothers who smoked during pregnancy had one-third less chances to have a boy, while in case the father also smoked this possibility reduced by almost half.

It was also found that passive smoking can also increase the likelihood of conceiving a girl. The non-smoking mothers, who are exposed to smoking from their partners are less likely to have a boy.

Scientists explain that nicotine contained in cigarettes is known to affect sperm. Sperm carrying male chromosomes is more sensitive to cigarette smoke than sperm cells carrying female chromosome. It is also suggested that smoking contributes to changes in mother's cervix and reduces oestrogen level.

Smoking during pregnancy has a negative effect on health of both a woman and her unborn baby. Previous studies showed that smoking can lead to the birth of low-weight baby, which is a result of poor fetal growth and increase women's chances of having a preterm delivery. Such problems may lead to several health problems such as lifelong disabilities and even death.

Secondhand smoking is also very harmful for woman's health and those women who are regularly exposed to cigarette smoke may face the same problems as mothers who smoke.



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Oct 26, 2015 01:06 PM » posted by: Sakshi
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Sep 26, 2011 01:11 PM » posted by: maria
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Mar 02, 2010 07:47 PM » posted by: sheharyar
i dont really think that smoking effects the gender of baby,but it has adverse effects on the health of parents and utlimately their childrens,so one should not smoke what ever the situation is.love your life your family and dont smoke.

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Jan 12, 2009 11:02 PM » posted by: Chasity
I have three children...my first was a girl and i barely smoked at all. my next two are boys and i smoked a lot...i had a lot of stress during those pregnancies due to death in the family. Also, my kids father didnt smoke before i got pregnant with my daughter or during my pregnancy. He started smoking a few months after i had her and then we had two boys. so i dont believe that smoking affects the sex of you children. in my case it would be the opposite!

Jun 24, 2008 05:42 AM » posted by: atad
weird! my uncle is a very strong smoker and has been smoking since he was like 13. all his wives have been exposed to the smoke and they still had sons. this is a load of crap

May 05, 2008 10:11 PM » posted by: Angie Hurst
I just heard too, that something else you can do to increase your chance of having a boy is to eat breakfast. Women who ate a large breakfast were more likely to have a boy.


Apr 25, 2008 11:03 PM » posted by: Sami
I believe that if you smoke when you are pregnant, that you are risking your babies life. Your baby could recieve second hand smoke, and could also get the disease SIDS. Do you honestly want that? Didn't think so, so if you really love your child, or unborn child either one, then you will stop smoking.

Apr 10, 2008 04:20 PM » posted by: Graham Lester
Then we should see that the number of boys born into the general population over time declined whenever pregnant women were smoking more.

Apr 10, 2008 01:32 PM » posted by: alcotrazz
great article! thanx


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