London: To-be-mothers please note: Pregnant women who suffer from stress are more likely to have babies with several health problems, a new study has claimed. Researchers from Princeton University found that stress during pregnancy leaves a baby more at risk of conditions such as breathing syndrome "meconium aspiration" and being placed on a ventilator for the first half hour of its life.Meconium aspiration, usually a sign of foetal distress, occurs after babies breathe in a mixture of meconium, or early faeces, and amniotic fluid around the time of delivery. In the study, the researchers analysed both birth records and meteorological information to find children born in Texas between 1996 and 2008 whose mothers were in the path of a major tropical storm or hurricane during pregnancy.
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