Small birth size has been shown to have adverse effects on the offspring in later life, including increased risks of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and other conditions. Now work presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology in Glasgow shows that women with a high testosterone level in pregnancy will produce smaller babies.
A group led by Dr Sven M. Carlsen at the University of Trondheim measured levels of four endogenous hormones at 17 and 33 weeks in 147 pregnant women. They corrected the figures for such factors as maternal height, mothers BMI, smoking, and then measured the body weight and length of the babies at birth
They found that having a higher testosterone level in pregnancy is associated with both a lower birth weight, and a shorter body length.
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