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Pregnant mother's blood pressure may affect future health of children – Department of Biology - University of Copenhagen

26 February 2013

Pregnant mother's blood pressure may affect future health of children

Up to 10% of all women experience some form of elevated blood pressure during pregnancy. Researchers from the Centre for Social Evolution at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen show that mild maternal hypertension early in pregnancy actually benefits the fetus, but that late‐pregnancy hypertension has negative health consequences for the child. The study, published today in PLOS ONE, is based on more than 750,000 births in Denmark, with follow‐up data on children’s hospital diagnoses for up to 27 years.

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