Pregnant women urged to avoid stress

30 April 2012

Pregnant women who are stressed during the early stages of their labour could be putting their unborn child's health under considerable risk.

A study carried out by researchers at Ashkelon Academic College and Barzilai Medical Center in Israel and the University of Michigan highlighted that mothers who are tense throughout the first trimester of pregnancy could be bad for all parties.

According to the study, pregnant women who are stressed during this period are highly likely to see their child grow up with a low iron status.

This problem could spiral to the point where a youngster suffers from physical and mental delays as they grow up.

Dr. Armony-Sivan, who helped out with the research, therefore advised: "Pregnant women should be aware that their health, nutrition, stress level and state of mind will affect their baby's health and well-being."

Northwestern University scientists have conducted their own research which led to the suggestion that women who are slightly overweight during their pregnancy could be putting their health and that of their child's in more danger than previously thought.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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