Mom-to-Be Stress Linked to Higher Rates of Asthma
Don’t freak out: Scentists are finding that a mom-to-be’s stress levels can have significant effects on a child’s future health, including delays in cognitive development, behavioral issues, and even an increased risk of autism. The latest link? Scientists have found that maternal stress could increase the risk that babies develop allergy-induced asthma.
The study, produced by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, focused on mice, and found that even a single stressful situation could flood the baby’s bloodstream with stress hormones like corticosterone, and lead to a greater chance that the baby develops allergy-based asthma after birth.
What’s the takeaway? Do what you can to relax, unwind, and reduce stress throughout your pregnancy, to help protect your baby’s health.
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Tags: allergy-induced asthma, asthma, Autism, Child Health, cognitive delays, maternal stress, mental health, mom-to-be, Pregnancy, pregnancy health, prenatal stress, research, study | Categories: Child Health, New Research