London: Stress and depression during pregnancy could hamper the unborn child`s health for years, researchers have warned. A study by Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King`s College London said that expectant mothers should be supported through stressful event such as bereavement or separation in the family. The study done on English expectant mothers found that going through distress such as a bereavement or separation, dramatically increased the chances of the unborn baby suffering health problems by the age of four, the `Daily Mail` reported. "Stress experienced during pregnancy induces biological changes in the unborn child that render it susceptible to the development of illness later in life," Researcher Jasmin Wertz was quoted as saying by the paper. About 150 mothers-to-be were asked early in their pregnancy and again just a few weeks before giving birth about any stressful events affecting them, such as a family bereavement, separation, sudden unemployment and a difficult pregnancy. The same women were interviewed four years later about their children`s health, including any illnesses that had led to hospitalisation.
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