View Full Version : Smoking during pregnancy, lead exposure, and ADHD

11-23-09, 08:35 PM
Wasn't sure where to put this I'm cross-posting it under Parents of children with ADHD, and under Adults with ADHD. I'm sure most of you have probably already heard this on the news, but this is just a heads up
for anyone who hasn't.

"MONDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy (,,tn7379,00.html) or who were exposed to lead have more than double the risk of having attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (,,tk1723_tp16426,00.html) as other children, new research shows. And with exposure to both cigarettes and lead, the chances of having ADHD soared. Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy and whose blood showed signs of lead exposure (,,hw119898_hw119900,00.html) had eight times the risk of having ADHD."

12-13-09, 07:54 PM
I've come to view the smoking mum/baby with ADHD thing as a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation. Does baby have AD/HD because mum smoked during pregnancy, or did mum smoke during pregnancy because she was self-medicating an undiagnosed case of AD/HD, the genes for which she also passed on to baby?

Not that it's anything like an adequate sample space, but my younger sister has nowhere near the level of impulsivity or attention issues I've always had, and our mum smoked heavily during both her pregnancies.