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Vet Hum Toxicol. 2002 Dec;44(6):321-3.

Relationships of maternal blood lead and disorders of pregnancy to neonatal birthweight.

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  • 1Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Post Box No 80, MG Marg, Lucknow, India.


Transient complications of pregnancy (anemia, toxemia, proteinuria, arterial hypertension and hyperemesis) were studied in pregnant women from the general population reporting to local hospitals. Comparison of blood lead levels (PbB) was made between women with normal pregnancies and those with complications. Significantly higher PbB were found in women with pregnancy complications as compared to those with normal pregnancies. Increments in the PbB levels were accompanied by statistically significant decrements in neonate birthweights. Complications of pregnancy may be induced by higher PbB and may also compound the adverse effects of decrements of neonate birthweights

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