PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have studied the effects of smoking during
(Distributed October 20, 2014)
pregnancy and its impact on the stress response in newborn babies. Their research indicates that newborns of mothers who smoke cigarettes during pregnancy show lower levels of stress hormones, lowered stress response, and alterations in DNA for a gene that regulates passage of stress hormones from mother to fetus. The study and its findings have been published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.