Stressed mums' babies likelier to have health problems!

Stressed momsExpectant mothers can benefit a lot by staying happy in their daily life. A British study has found expectant mothers suffering from stress are 60 percent more likely to have babies with health problems.

Stress during pregnancy leaves a baby more at risk of conditions such as the meconium aspiration breathing syndrome and being placed on a ventilator for the first half-hour of its life, Daily Mail reported.

Meconium aspiration - usually a sign of foetal distress - occurs after babies breathe in a mixture of meconium, or early faeces, and amniotic fluid around the time of delivery.

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Researchers from Princeton University analysed both birth records and meteorological information to find children born in Texas between 1996 and 2008 whose mothers were in the path of a major tropical storm or hurricane during pregnancy.

The results showed how mothers living within 30km of a hurricane's path during their third trimester were 60 percent more likely to have a baby with abnormal conditions.

Source: IANS

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