Maternal Smoking Could Harm Offspring’s Later-Life Aerobic Fitness

Despite these risks, many expectant mothers continue to smoke; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), data for 2011 from 24 US states found around 10% of women reported smoking during the last 3 months of pregnancy.

Now, lead study author Dr. Maria Hagnäs, of the University of Oulu in Finland, and colleagues suggest smoking during pregnancy may impact the aerobic fitness of male offspring later in life.

“Our study adds to the existing evidence base of the negative and long-standing impacts of maternal smoking,” says Dr. Hagnäs.

Maternal Smoking Could Harm Offspring's Later-Life Aerobic Fitness

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