It’s a safe bet in today’s world that most women know smoking while pregnant is not good for the unborn child. However, according to The Telegraph on Jan. 19, a professor at Amsterdam University is now suggesting that smoking can increase the likelihood of having a gay child.
Dick Swaab, who teaches neurobiology at Amsterdam University, suggests that smoking and taking synthetic hormones while pregnant increase your chances of having a lesbian girl. “Pre-birth exposure to both nicotine and amphetamines increases the chance of lesbian daughters,” Swaab told the Sunday Times.
He has some other theories, too.
Professor Swaab contends that drinking and taking drugs while pregnant can lower the IQ of the unborn child. He also feels that having more older brothers will increase the chance that your unborn boy will be gay. The reason for this is because the mother’s immune system develops stronger responses to male hormones with each son born.
Professor Swaab says that the stress of the mother will also play into the sexuality of the unborn child.
Pregnant women suffering from stress are also more likely to have homosexual children of both genders because their raised level of the stress hormone cortisol affects the production of fetal sex hormones.”
The brain of an unborn child begins to develop at two weeks. Toxins introduced into the body at that time have an impact on development. Swab claims, “In women who drink a lot, cells that were meant to migrate across the fetal brain can end up leaving the brain altogether.” Living in a high-pollution area also increases the risk of autism.
Swaab did say that while lifestyle factors are one influence, genetics plays the most important role. Still, he claims research proves that brain development during pregnancy is directly linked to adult lifestyles.
What do you think? Do you think smoking and synthetic hormone usage increase the likelihood of an unborn baby being gay? Or do you think Professor Swabb should go back and take another look at his evidence. Leave a comment and tell me what you think on this very controversial subject.