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Stress could affect foetus

31st May 2007


A new study - carried out at Imperial College London and Wexham Park Hospital, Berkshire - has shown that stress in expectant mothers can have an effect on the foetus from as early as 17 weeks after conception.

It is the first study to demonstrate that unborn children are affected by their mother’s stress hormones at such an early stage. During the research experts measured the amount of the stress hormone cortisol found in the blood of 267 mothers and the amniotic fluid surrounding their unborn babies.

 


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