Hypertension During Pregnancy Affect Children’s IQ
The health condition of the mother during pregnancy affect children into adulthood. A recent study found that men born to mothers who have high blood pressure during pregnancy experience quicker mental decline than those who had mothers with healthy blood pressure.
The real difference occurs at age 20, and widens throughout the life of the man. The findings of Dr. Katri Raikkonen and colleagues at the University of Helsinki in Finland also found that the biggest resulting gap is mental IQ, such as the ability to solve math problems.
As published by the Telegraph, academics analyzed 398 men born between 1934 and 1944. All participants were tested to solve math problems, language and spatial reasoning at age 20 and again repeated at the age of 69 years old.
Dr. Raikkonen said: “High blood pressure and related conditions like pre-eclampsia complicates approximately 10 percent of all pregnancies and may affect the baby in the womb.”
Citing the results of a study published in the Neurology journal, Dr.. Raikkonen added: “Our study shows that the decline in thinking ability in old age can be derived from the pregnancy when the majority of the structure and function of brain development occurs.”