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Maternal hypertensive disorders bad for kids’ mental health

Hypertensive pregnancy disorders, especially preeclampsia, a form of high blood pressure during pregnancy, can cause adverse mental health conditions in children, researchers say. A Finnish study published in the journal Hypertension of 4,743 maternal-infant couples found a relationship between hypertensive pregnancy disorders – including chronic hypertension (hypertension), gestational hypertension, preeclampsia and eclampsia, and childhood mental disorders.

Preeclampsia is a common pregnancy complication often characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, indicating damage to other organs including the liver and kidneys.

Eclampsia is a serious complication of preeclampsia with seizures due to high blood pressure during pregnancy.

Maternal anteriority and its severity were associated with any childhood mental disorder and psychological development and increased risk of behavioral and emotional disorders in the offspring.

“Although previous studies have shown significant effects of preeclampsia in ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia in offspring, a novel aspect of our findings was that the preterm effects of maternal predisposition exacerbated any childhood mental disorder in offspring,” “Said the study senior. Author Marius Lahti-Pulkinen, from the University of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland.

Researchers found that children whose mothers had preeclampsia had a 66 percent higher risk of mental disorders; And children whose mothers had severe preeclampsia are at twice the risk of childhood mental issues.

They also noted that the combination of maternal hypertension, overweight / obesity and diabetes disorders in pregnancy led to the incidence of offspring in all of the mothers who produced offspring in any of the 22.2 percent of the children who had children. There is a cumulative increase from 6.6 percent. These three adverse maternal conditions.

“The findings stated that the need for preventive intervention and treatment for maternal hypertensive disorders has been emphasized as such interventions have the potential to benefit both the well-being of the expected mother and her offspring.”

Hypertensive pregnancy disorders are important risk factors for maternal mortality, stillbirth, preterm birth, and intrauterine growth restriction and they predict cardiac morbidity in the mother and her offspring, the study noted.

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