Pregnancy Risk for Moms Who Were Born Small, Stressed
According to a study published in The Journal of Physiology, stress during pregnancy or low birth weight (for the mother) can lead to long-term health problems in women, with stress during pregnancy affecting post-pregnancy metabolic and cardio-renal health.
In this latest Australian study, researchers restricted oxygen and both blood and nutrient supply to pregnant rats. When low birth weight female rats from those mothers became pregnant, the researchers then induced stress in those rats. Their findings indicated that researchers and physicians should pay more attention to how complicated pregnancies affect the post-pregnancy health of women.
"More research is required to further explore why a low birth weight and a stressful pregnancy causes pregnancy complications and adversely harms the health of these mothers," said University of Melbourne Professor Mary Wlodek, lead investigator of the study, quoted at ScienceDaily.com. "By understanding these pathways, appropriate interventions and advice can be given to women who were born small or had a stressful pregnancy."