Survey finds many Malaga expectant mothers smoke and drink

AN ANONYMOUS survey of 451 pregnant women in Malaga has caused worry amongst the medical community, as a significant number admitted to smoking and drinking.

The Junta de Andalucia regional government reported that 15 per cent of the women smoked, 27 per cent drank alcohol and 2.4 per cent used cannabis while pregnant.

Created by Malaga Regional Hospital gynaecologists and University of Malaga Medical Professors, the survey aimed to discover how often unborn babies were exposed to harmful substances.

The average age of the women was reported to be 31, and 55 per cent were first-time mothers.

The results have set alarm bells ringing and doctors are calling for more awareness campaigns and better tools to help them effectively detect and reduce consumption of harmful substances.

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    • Dorothy

      22 February 2015 • 11:56

      Disgusting! How can you be pregnant and keep drinking and smoking! What kind of mother are you going to be!
      Please don’t get pregnant if you are not going to be responsible of your children’s lives

    • R. Peters

      22 February 2015 • 14:47

      I find the current ‘disgust’ at women smoking and drinking while pregnant rather laughable. For many decades before the ‘holier than thou crowd’ got taken in by scientists trying to get their name in the paper it was considered perfectly normal. And surprise surprise babies were not affected by it.
      Like me, they grew up to be perfectly normal in every way.
      If you really want to blame something then look at the processed rubbish you put in your mouth every day.
      In my youth we always had everything fresh from vegetables to meat. You can’t say that today can you!


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