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Home Wellness Research Emotional Stress Stress in Pregnancy May Affect Fetus

Stress in Pregnancy May Affect Fetus

Monday, 17 November 2008 19:08

Lead author Dr. Pampa Sarkar said: "We are all a product of our developmental history. One of the times when we are most susceptible to the influences of our surrounding environment is when we are developing as a fetus in our mother's womb. Our research shows that the fetus is exposed to cortisol in the maternal blood, and we also demonstrated that at and above 17 weeks, the cortisol in amniotic fluid had a strong positive relationship with cortisol in maternal blood. We found that the strength of this correlation became stronger with increasing gestational age.