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Mom's Anxiety Affects Fetus

Monday, 17 November 2008 19:30
Mothers who are "stressed out" during pregnancy may be restricting arterial blood flow to their babies, according to a report published in BMJ. The trial which enrolled 100 women found that, "Of the most anxious group, 27% had an increase d resistance index of clinical concern, compared with 4% in the less anxious group." Uterine artery resistance was assessed using Doppler ultrasound. The study's authors respeculated that the restricted blood flow may account for the smaller birth weights seen in babies of anxious mothers.

Teixeira JMA, Fisk, NM, Glover V   Association between maternal anxiety in pregnancy and increased uterine artery resistance index: cohort based study   Brit Med Jour 1999 (Jan 16);   318 (7177):   153-157