(Naturally Healthy)-When it comes to Pregnancies, mother’s and their babies, even the slightest error could affect the child in unexpected ways.
According to a study blood pressure was associated with a 5 to 8 percent increase in the risk for childhood obesity, even among women who were not hypertensive.
Chinese researchers studied 88,406 mother-child pairs, with complete data on maternal blood pressure during pregnancy and multiple follow-ups between ages 4 and 7 for the children. About 10 percent of the children were overweight or obese.
Among all women, whatever their blood pressure before pregnancy, a reading higher than 140/90 in the second trimester was associated with a 49 percent increase in the risk for childhood obesity, and in the third trimester a 14 percent increase.
Zheng, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, said that “the majority of women who are not hypertensive are still at risk when their blood pressure increases, even to levels not generally considered dangerous. There is still that obesity risk to offspring.”
In pregnancy, the blood pressure of a woman is very vital. A high blood pressure can affect the fetus in many ways. This is why at every antenatal visit, nurses use stethoscopes and sphygmanometers to check the blood pressure of pregnant women.