prenatal stress


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prenatal stress

Anxiety, tension, depression, or other psychological discomfort experienced by a pregnant woman.
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This new comparative study finds all of these predictions are supported in a large sample of studies that each measured the effects of prenatal stress on size and growth of newborn compared to an unchallenged control group.
Many studies have examined effects of prenatal stress on pregnancy and fetal development, especially on prematurity and birthweight, and more recently long-term effects on child behavioral and emotional development.
Experimental animal models have shown that another prominent outcome of prenatal stress is increased fear and anxiety in the offspring.
Current research suggests that increased prenatal stress is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, including low birth weight, preterm birth (1,2,3), and peripartum depression (4).
Prenatal stress and long-term consequences: Implications of glucocorticoid hormones.
The researchers assessed prenatal stress hormones levels to form an experimental group and then tested the children at 17 months with a cognitive assessment and the Ainsworth 'Strange Situation' test, which judges child-rearing quality and categorises mother-baby pairs as either showing secure or insecure attachment.
Previous research in rodents suggested that both prenatal stress exposure and passive stress coping style might predispose offspring to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
Investigations have shown that prenatal stress, maternal inflammation or infection, and fetal malnutrition alter physiology and behavior in later life.
Prenatal stress, moderate fetal alcohol, and dopamine system function in rhesus monkeys.
MONTREAL -- Cognitive, behavioral, and physical problems still persist today in a group of children exposed to prenatal stress during the Quebec ice storm of January 1998, according to research presented at the meeting.