Why stress leads to smaller babies: Study explains how mental health during pregnancy affects a fetus's development



Scientists have identified why stress during pregnancy can alter the growth an unborn child.
Stress speeds up growth at the start of a woman's term - but slows it down if it happens towards the end, say scientists.
It has been previously found adversity in pregnancy can enhance or hamper the development and performance of offspring. 
But this new study by the University of New Mexico offers the clearest explanation to date as to why there appears to be a correlation between certain mental health issues and birth weight.
Lead author Dr Andreas Berghanel, an evolutionary anthropologist at the... read more

 
29 November 2017 in Health, Views: 52
Source: Daily Mail
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