Small fetal size early on might carry risks later

Poor growth in early pregnancy linked to heart-health warning signs in childhood

By Nathan Seppa, 17:06 PM January 23, 2014

Poor fetal growth in the first trimester is associated with cardiovascular risk factors in childhood, Dutch researchers report. While far from conclusive, the findings suggest that impaired early fetal growth — even before a woman knows she is pregnant — might have long-term consequences, the scientists report January 23 in BMJ.

Physician Vincent Jaddoe of Erasmus University in the Netherlands and his colleagues calculated the conception dates for 1,184 women using the time of their last menst...

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