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Low Birth Weight, Pregnancy Stress Up Disease Risk In Mothers

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| June 13 , 2016 , 17:30 IST
[caption id="attachment_146871" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Contrary to popular perception, moderate resistance exercise can relieve symptoms related to pregnancy such as back pain, fatigue, headache and nausea, among others, and improve sense of control, says a new study. According to a new study, women who were born with a lower birth weight and also experienced a stressful pregnancy are likely to be at an increased risk of developing long-term health problems.[/caption]

According to a new study, women who were born with a lower birth weight and also experienced a stressful pregnancy are likely to be at an increased risk of developing long-term health problems. The research explored what low maternal birth weight and exposure to stress could mean to the health of a mother post pregnancy.

ALSO READ: Smoking During Pregnancy Can Harm Baby’s Brain "The study found that stress and low birth weight can independently affect cardiovascular, kidney, adrenal and metabolic health of mothers long after the pregnancy," said lead author Jean Ni Cheong, doctoral student at the University of Melbourne in Australia. However, having both risk factors did not lead to more severe outcomes, the researchers said.

ALSO READ: Obesity During Pregnancy Can Make Your Baby Fat For the study, published in the Journal of Physiology, the team used a rat model where restricting oxygen, nutrient and blood supply during pregnancy led to offspring being born with a low birth weight. When the low birth weight female rats subsequently became pregnant, researchers induced stress through common measurements performed during human pregnancy. After the delivery, they studied parameters in the mothers including blood pressure, renal function, stress hormone production and metabolic function. "By identifying individuals at higher risk of developing complications during pregnancy and therefore long-term diseases, appropriate interventions can be implemented to improve outcomes," Cheong added.