Family taking part in worldwide health study
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 April 2019 | UPDATED: 14:30 23 April 2019
Families who have been involved in an multi-generational health study are taking part in the Big Bang Science Fair this weekend.
University of Bristol academics recruited thousands of pregnant women in the early 1990s and tracked their health as well as the health of their children and grandchildren.
Nailsea family, Jenn and Matt Pera were both enrolled in the Children of the 90s study by their mothers when they were born in 1991 and 1992.
Now their children, Evangeline, aged seven, and Xander, aged four, are participants.
Jenn has attended 12 clinics and completed 19 questionnaires so details of her health and wellbeing are available for researchers all over the world.
She said: “It's been really important to us as a family to stay involved in the study.
“It feels like a team effort and it's wonderful to know that thousands of small pieces of information about our health are contributing to worldwide knowledge about pregnancy, birth and how we live today.
“Our children love being part of the next generation to be studied.
“There is a great rapport in the clinic and for the home visits.
“As a family we feel that the multi-generational nature and length of the Children of the 90s cohort study makes it something really unique and precious.”
Over the past 25 years, research using Children of the 90s data has uncovered findings on a vast range of topics such as diet and fitness, parenting patterns, autism, allergies and self-harm and the impact of genes, environment and major life events on our physical and mental health.
The academics have examined 810 of the new generation of Children of the 90s.
Compared with their mother's generation of the same age, women who were having babies between 2012 and 2018 were more educated, were less likely to smoke but had higher rates of depression during pregnancy and had a higher body mass index and blood cholesterol level.
Their children are more likely to be delivered by caesarean section, heavier at birth and breastfed.
The Children of the 90s study will be part of the Big Bang @ Weston science fair which is taking place in the Winter Gardens on Friday and Saturday.