Babies born early have a 57 percent greater risk of struggling with their heart and lungs later in life.
Each additional week spent in the womb was associated with a 14 percent reduction in the risk of poor cardiorespiratory health, reports Daily Mail.
The study’s lead author, Dr Isabel Ferreira of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, hopes that these findings will discourage women from electing to have early term caesarean sections or labor inducements.
The study, published by the American Heart Association looked at the heart and respiratory health of nearly 800 people in Northern Ireland, born between 37 and 38 weeks, measuring their cardiorespiratory health at ages 12, 15 and 22.
Those born in early term under-performed, scoring significantly lower than those born at full or late term.
Dr Ferreira added that ‘healthcare providers and mothers should be informed of the lifelong health risks that early-term deliveries may have on their offspring and refrain from these,’ unless medically necessary.
Obviously if it is medically necessary then there is no debate at all, but if for some reason it is elective you might be best to wait.
People were outraged recently over a study claiming children born by caesarean section may have developmental delays compared to children born by vaginal delivery. Read that article HERE.
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