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How does stress affect a pregnancy and the unborn baby?

Related Topics: Stress, Pregnancy, Baby

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Obstetrics & Gynecology
Mercy Medical Center
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Stress is now considered a real issue in pregnancy. There is data suggesting an increased risk of poor pregnancy outcome in patients who are under a large amount of stress. This can include a higher risk of preterm labor and birth, babies who are growth restricted.

The exact mechanism is not fully known but there are some possibilites of an increase in prostaglandin and cytokines that are released. These are substances involved with a higher risk of perterm labor.

If there is any way to decrease the stress it is recommended. Yoga can be good, prayer, pregnancy massage, and nice bath. ... 

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