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Stressed mums-to-be 'increase premature birth risk'


According to a lead researcher of a team at the University of Colorado, Mary Coussons-Read, although premature labour would not necessarily be detrimental to a mother's health, premature delivery could have "lasting effects on infant and child development".

The team also found that high stress levels can trigger inflammatory responses in women, which could also put them at risk of suffering from preeclampsia.

High levels of stress cause two types of protein to be created in the body, which contributes to the inflammation of the immune system.

The symptoms of the condition include potential sudden increases in blood pressure, excessive weight gain and severe headaches.

If untreated, preeclampsia can result in the onset of a coma during pregnancy, possibly threatening the life of a mother and her baby.

However, if developed late in a pregnancy, the research team said that delivery of a baby could be induced without causing problems for mother or child.

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