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06 December 2010

Smoking in pregnancy linked to daughter’s puberty

Women who smoke heavily during pregnancy tend to have daughters who start menstruating months earlier than the daughters of women who didn't smoke while pregnant.

Women who smoke heavily during pregnancy tend to have daughters who start menstruating months earlier than the daughters of women who didn't smoke while pregnant, a new study finds.

"For any one kid, a few months isn't going to make much of a difference, probably," she said. However, if large groups of girls began menstruating earlier, even by just a few months, that could have an overall effect on the population, she added.

 
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