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Study Shows Stressful Pregnancy Increases Asthma Risk

Prenatal yoga has never sounded better. A new study by doctors at Boston's famed Brigham and Women's Hospital has discovered a link between stressful pregnancies and a child's risk of developing asthma. According to the research, a mama-to-be's stress level can influence the baby's immune system during the pregnancy, making the baby more likely to develop asthma after birth.

The study, which followed lower-income women from several major cities, found that umbilical cells of babies born to stressed moms had different reactions to stimulants than those of babies born to moms who found their pregnancies to be stress-free. Doctors say the next step is to develop programs to reduce the tension women feel throughout pregnancy, such as exercise programs, nutritional guidance, and birthing prep.

How did you handle stress during your pregnancy?

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runningesq runningesq 7 years
Oh look! Another study to freak out pregnant women. Apparently I'm supposed to eat organic food, never leave my house, not look at soft cheeses, and do yoga all day.
nicoleggs nicoleggs 7 years
i'm so glad i found this post. my best friend is pregnant and she is a constant stress ball. i'm always telling her she needs to relax more but she never listens. she figures if she just eats right then the baby will be fine. such a stubborn girl! so i just passed this article along to her and she said, "okay i'll try a yoga class at my gym this weekend." i also told her husband he needs to take her away on the weekends more often to decompress from city life (they live in NYC). thx for this great post. cheers n
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