Study looks at weather during pregnancy and odds of heart defects

07/2/2013 | Reuters

Data on more than 135,000 babies born with heart defects between 2000 and 2006 showed no evidence that outside temperatures overall during the third to eighth week of pregnancy were associated with a greater likelihood of heart defects. However, Israeli researchers noted that an increase in winter temperatures to almost summer levels during pregnancy raised the chances of multiple heart defects by about 13%. The findings were published in the journal Human Reproduction.

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