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Cerebral palsy linked to post-term babies

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Babies born post term, at 42 weeks or later, are at higher risk of developing cerebral palsy than those born at 40 weeks, a Norwegian study has found.

The research, which covered 1,938 children, discovered the risk increased by 40 per cent at 42 weeks or later. Researchers also found babies born preterm at 37 and 38 weeks were more likely to have the condition, which previous studies had already suggested.

The authors said: “Compared with delivery at 40 weeks’ gestation, delivery at 37 or 38 weeks or at 42 weeks or later was associated with an increased risk of cerebral palsy.”

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