Children born to mothers who passed covid-19 during pregnancy may be more prone to developing obesity, says a study published by US researchers.
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To confirm these associations, “larger studies with a longer duration of follow-up are needed,” added Andrea Edlow, of Massachusetts General Hospital.
The study that publishes Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism focused on about 150 babies born of mothers who had suffered from the disease during pregnancy.
The babies had a lower birth weight followed by higher weight gain in the first year of life, compared with about 130 babies whose mothers had not had prenatal infection.
These changes have been associated with an increased risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in infancy and later, the study indicates.
“Our findings underscore the importance of long-term follow-up of infants exposed in utero to maternal infection by covid-19, as well as the widespread application of prevention strategies for this disease among pregnant women,” added Edlow.
Foruman recalled, for his part, that “there is still much to be investigated to understand the effects of covid-19 on women pregnant and his sons”.