Stress During Pregnancy May Affect Baby’s Sex

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Bhubaneswar: Expectant mother experiencing physical and psychological stress are less likely to have a boy and may have complications during the birth of the baby.

A study published in the journal PNAS revealed that maternal mental health matters, not only for the mother but also for her future child.

Stress can also affect the mother’s immune system, leading to changes that affect neurological and behavioural development in the foetus,” said study leader Catherine Monk, Professor at Columbia University Vagelos College in the US.

The researchers have opined that stress has been associated with increased risk of premature birth, which is linked to higher rates of infant mortality and of physical and mental disorders, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and anxiety, among offspring.

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