Anxiety During Pregnancy May Lead to Behavioral Problems in Children
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Thursday, 23 September 2004 18:58
A woman who experiences a prolonged bout of anxiety while pregnant is more likely to give birth to a child with behavioral problems, re-searchers say.
Researchers followed 71 pregnant women with multiple questionnaires throughout their pregnancies to record stress levels, and then interviewed the women and their children eight to nine years later. The women who suffered from severe anxiety between the 12th and 22nd week of pregnancy were 22 percent more likely to have children who suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Van den Bergh B, Marcoen A. High antenatal maternal anxiety is related to ADHD symptoms, externalizing problems, and anxiety in 8-and 9-year olds. Child Development. 2004; 75(4): 1.