Most expectant women feel a distinct connection to the baby growing inside them so the results of a new study that followed 1.4 million Danish children for decades, doesn't come as a huge surprise.
It showed that there may be a direct link between a mother's psychological state and her baby's mental health. To see the specifics,
But researchers say the study adds to the evidence that severe stress early in pregnancy -- in this case the death of a parent, sibling, spouse, or child -- may negatively impact fetal brain development.
"We did not see this association in the months before pregnancy, or after the first trimester," says study co-author Kathryn M. Abel, PhD, of the University of Manchester.