The Scotsman

Prenatal stress affects babies’ brains


Stress during pregnancy could affect brain developmen­t of premature babies, according to new research.

Scientists from King’s College London have found a link between prenatal stress in mothers and impaired developmen­t in the part of the brain associated with mental health disorders in preterm babies.

The team say their findings, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, highlight the need to provide support for expectant mother to prevent impaired brain developmen­t.

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