Poor fetal growth during the first trimester of pregnancy was linked to cardiovascular risk factors in childhood, including high levels of diastolic blood pressure and total cholesterol, according to a Dutch study in the journal BMJ. Researchers found that children with the highest fetal crown to rump lengths were 50% less likely to have three or more of the cardiovascular risk factors after birth compared with those with lowest lengths.
Fetal growth early in pregnancy may predict childhood cardiovascular risks
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