Sven Cnattingius studied medicine at Uppsala University and graduated in 1975. He became Board Certificate in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1982 and defended his thesis in 1984. He is working at Karolinska Institutet since 1997 and became professor in reproductive epidemiology in 1997.
Sven Cnattingius research includes environmental risk factors for pregnancy complications and adverse health effects on the fetus/infant. Such risk factors include maternal smoking and snuff use and maternal overweight/obesity. He has also studied familial factors related to pregnancy complications and offspring health, and the long-term effects of pregnancy on offspring and maternal health (predominantly focused on cardiovascular and cancer morbidity).
Sven Cnattingius present research is predominantly focused on:
- Maternal overweight, obesity and weight gain during pregnancy with respect to infant and childhood risks;
- Loss of a close relative during pregnancy (as a measure of stress) and risks of pregnancy complications and complications in the newborn;
- Long-term effects of pregnancy for the mother;
- The tendency to repeat pregnancy and newborn complications across generations;
- Asphyxia during delivery.