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Stress during pregnancy can increase the risk of asthma in infants


A recent study has found that the offspring of pregnant women who suffered high stress levels ¬†are at a higher risk of developing asthma. According, a difference between the cord blood immune pattern of the offspring born to a stressed mother and an offspring born to a mother with lower stress levels has been found. The difference in the pattern could very well be associated with the risk of becoming asthmatic sometime later in life. The study was conducted by researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

As per, the research was conducted on pregnant women from about 557 families living in various cities facing different stressors. It was found that the cord blood structure in certain infants was different from certain others depending upon the stress levels of the mothers.


“This is the first study in humans to show that increased stress experienced during pregnancy in these urban, largely minority women, is associated with different patterns of cord blood cytokine production to various environmental stimuli, relative to babies born to lower-stressed mothers,” quotes Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH, associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital located in Boston as saying. The study is published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Read our celebrity pregnancy stories, including Salma Hayek’s battle with gestational diabetes, and celebrities who battled postpartum depression, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Brooke Shields.


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