Scientists from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) concluded that women who were born prematurely, or whose brothers and sisters were born ahead of time, are 60% more likely to give birth to their baby earlier in the first pregnancy.
The chances of premature birth in subsequent pregnancies are reduced to 50%. These data are relevant only to those women who gave birth to one baby, because the study excluded cases of multiple pregnancy.
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To come to such conclusions, scientists analyzed materials about mothers and their daughters born in Aberdeen from 1948 to 2008. The study involved 22343 pairs of mothers and daughters.
Dr. Soine Bhattacharaya, teacher of obstetric epidemiology at the University of Aberdeen, head of the study, says: “Premature birth is the cause of children's deaths or serious health problems.Despite the fact that we have not yet been able to identify which genetic mutations are behind the propensity for premature birth, the very ability to predict this tendency can save the lives of many children. The next step is the development of special programs for the preservation of the child for women at risk. ”