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Fetus to Mom: You're Stressing Me Out!

Monday, 17 November 2008 19:09

Stress is an example of how a fetus responds to stimuli in the womb and adapts physiologically. "When the mother is stressed, several biological changes occur, including elevation of stress hormones and increased likelihood of intrauterine infection," Dr. Wadhwa says. "The fetus builds itself permanently to deal with this kind of high-stress environment, and once it's born may be at greater risk for a whole bunch of stress-related pathologies."

"We measure a woman's blood pressure, her uterine size, listen to the baby's heart tones, but no one asks how things are going with her life." … But what may be equally important are a woman's support network and providing enough information about prenatal care and the pregnancy to ward off worries.

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