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BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 19 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1377
  1. T Smith

    Armchair theorists such as me were delighted recently by the latest instalment in the link between pre-eclampsia and sexual behaviour. The story started 20 years ago when someone noticed that women who had a new sex partner as the father in their second or later pregnancies had the same high risk of pre-eclampsia as that seen in primigravidas. Further work has confirmed that finding, and this latest report (Lancet 8 October, p 973) showed that even among primigravidas the risk was related to the duration of the sexual relationship with the father before conception. Women who had been having sex with the father for …

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