(OXFORD, England) -- About half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended -- meaning either mistimed or unwanted at the time of conception.
By analyzing data for about 12,000 UK children, University of Oxford researchers reported in the British Medical Journal that cognitive development of children born after unplanned pregnancies lagged behind that of “planned” children. For example, there was a three-to-five month “lag” in verbal abilities in unplanned kids compared to planned ones.
But once the authors took into account socioeconomic factors, all differences disappeared. Therefore, the developmental lag is associated with a lower socioeconomic status, an already well-established association.
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