Does a Mother’s Stress and Mood Affect Neonatal Growth Measurements?
This study by Wing et al. (AJOG, 2017) sought to determine if there is a relationship between perceived maternal stress during pregnancy and neonatal growth.
Prospective multi-center longitudinal cohort study of fetal growth
1,948 healthy women, in the first trimester, with singleton pregnancies who were considered low risk for fetal growth abnormalities, were included in the study. Each woman underwent serial sonographic examination and at each visit the women completed the Cohen’s Perceived Stress Survey. Birth weight, length, head circumference, and abdominal circumference were all measured and compared to the mother’s perceived stress level. No relationship was found between perceived maternal stress and mood and neonate size amongst low-risk pregnancies. This outcome did not change when maternal race and ethnicity were taken in to account.
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