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THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with poorly controlled asthma are at increased risk for pregnancy complications and for having a low-birth weight or premature baby, a new study warns.
Researchers reviewed data from 1975 to 2009 on more than 1 million pregnant women. Pregnant women with poorly controlled asthma were 50% more likely to develop preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) and 25% more likely to have a premature baby.
The study was published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
"The findings are significant and call for women with asthma to be more closely monitored during pregnancy," study leader Dr. Christina Chambers, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California San Diego and program director of the non-profit California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line, said in a CTIS news release.
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