Stressful pregnancy may affect baby long term

April 25, 2011 4:47:29 AM PDT
Pregnancy isn't the best time for a woman to experience stress, and now a new study finds it could have long term affects on the baby.

This study determined that women who experienced repeated stressful events while pregnant are more likely to have children with behavioral problems.

Money and relationship problems, job loss, issues with other children and death in the family were among the stressful events cited. The type of stress wasn't as important as the number of stressful events experienced.

The study appears in the Journal Development and Psychopathology.

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