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Researchers claim that mothers who are stressed or depressed during pregnancy produce offspring who are more prone to developing learning and behavioral problems, depression and anxiety as they get older. The risk is very small. These findings could lead to mental health screenings during pregnancy to allow treatment which prevents these risks. Stress during pregnancy also increases the risk of premature birth and low birth weights.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by San Francisco Chronicle
About: Stress and depression during pregnancy can affect children
Date: 12 December 2004
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Author: Laurie Tarkan
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