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Does the first nine months set the cardiovascular health trajectory for the rest of your life?
Poor maternal eating habits and obesity during pregnancy are related to altered cardiovascular development in children, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in adulthood. The aim of this project is to examine the early life influences of child cardiovascular function. A unique birth study from the UK (Southampton Women's Survey) will be used to investigate how aspects of a mother's diet and lifestyle before and during pregnancy affect cardiovascular function in children at 8-9 years old. The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health will be used to characterise the diets of Australian women of reproductive age, and identify those who may benefit from additional support to improve their eating habits and lifestyle behaviours. The project findings will inform future preconception and pregnancy interventions to promote cardiovascular health and ensure that infants start life on an optimal CVD risk trajectory.

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Prof Julie Byles
Dr Jenna Hollis
Prof Clare Collins
Dr Alexis Hure
Prof. Sian Robinson
Dr Sarah Crozier