Size of fetus at 10 weeks may predict asthma, allergy risk

06/30/2011 | Yahoo!

Fetuses smaller than average at 10 weeks and throughout pregnancy had a fivefold increased risk of childhood asthma, a study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found. Those who were smaller than average at 10 weeks of pregnancy but grew larger over time had an increased risk of developing eczema. But researchers said that fetuses who were bigger than average at 10 weeks of pregnancy but had slowed growth at later stages were less likely to have hay fever.

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