Depending on heart disease
A new study by Chinese researchers found that women who had children were more likely to develop heart disease and stroke than those who did not have children.
Previous studies have shown that women usually have changes in vascular properties, blood volume and heart rate during pregnancy.
Researchers at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China's Hubei province have reviewed 10 studies to assess whether pregnancy is associated with cardiovascular disease risks.
Researchers have found that as a child there is an increased risk of heart disease and stroke by 14%. There is also a significant link between the number of pregnancies and the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Women have had a 4% increase in the incidence of cardiovascular disease every time they had a child, regardless of weight, diabetes, high blood pressure, whether they smoke or have incomes. Each pregnancy increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 5% and strokes by 3%.
Wang Donging, a leading investigator of the study, believes that pregnancy can cause inflammation of the body and build fat around the abdomen, blood and arteries. These changes can have a lasting effect on the cardiovascular system, which leads to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.