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Impact of pre-natal stress on future health of babies examined
The impact of stress during pregnancy on the long-term health of unborn babies is being examined by researchers in Canada.
Scientists from the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary will be conducting a three-year study into 300 women and their newborns.
Sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research, the researchers plan to look at how mother's stress during pregnancy and after the birth of their baby affects the child.
The women will be examined for stress, anxiety and depression levels during their gestation.
Researchers are hoping to find whether the mother's stress, experienced by a baby in the womb, could affect the child's long-term health.
"We'd like to be able to tell people there's things you can do either during pregnancy to reduce stress as well as post-delivery", said Dr Gerry Giesbrecht of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine.
A recent study by researchers at Staten Island University in New York, US, found women who are stressed out while undergoing in-vitro fertilisation treatment may have a higher chance of conceiving.
Posted by Martine Ward