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Babies 'Twice As Likely' To Develop ADHD If Overdue

Sun, May 6, 2012 12:22pm EDT by 5 Comments
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A study from the Netherlands found that babies who were overdue are twice as likely to have behavioral problems in early childhood. Should Jessica Simpson, who was 9-days overdue with baby Maxwell, be listening?

Babies who are born after the 42-week mark (the norm is 40) are twice as likely to have problems like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers found. 

The experts, from the International Journal of Epidemiology, seem to call for more options for women to deliver, such as medical induction methods or a caesarean if their pregnancy becomes prolonged.

“As we get to 41 weeks of pregnancy and beyond, it gets to be more and more dangerous to keep the baby inside the mom’s body because the placenta may no longer give the baby enough nourishment, particularly if the mother is over 35,” explained NYC obstetrician Dr. Christina Senor who weighed in on Jessica Simpson‘s (over)due date.

The researchers studied 5,145 babies in Rotterdam for three years to investigate the relationship between the time they spent in the womb and long-term behavioral and emotional problems.

–Lorraine Chow

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