Maternal Stress Increases Risks to Babies

Stress in early pregnancy can lead to the birth of babies who are underweight or premature. The timing of the stress is key.

The risks of premature births increased two-fold in women who were severely stressed during their first and second trimesters. Premature birth is the single largest cause of infant deaths in the developing world.

According to Reuters:

“Earlier studies have found that future moms with stressful lives were at greater risk of delivering preterm or low birth-weight babies. This study ... concluded that the earlier in pregnancy the stress occurred, the greater the risk.”

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