Pregnant woman’s height affects baby health

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Scientists from health center at Harvard University found a link between mother’s height and baby health. Specialists believe that woman’s height affects the size of her uterus. A smaller-sized woman’s body may trigger some complications during pregnancy and affect baby development in the womb.

Data, provided by Indian researchers, were compared and they came to the conclusion that it is mother’s height that influences some indicators of newborns’ health, including the risk of obesity, or conversely the lack of baby weight, development of anemia and child mortality.

It turned out that women with height below 150 cm have the risk of child mortality 70% higher, compared with, for example, women whose height is 160 centimeters and more.

Experts watched health of more than 50 000 children under 5 years. The results showed that parents’ height not only affects height of future children, but also development of fetus in a womb and further baby health.

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