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Physical or Mental Stress May Be Associated With Birth Defects or Miscarriage

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  • A new study shows that women experience stress around the time of conception are more likely to deliver babies with birth defects or miscarry, compared with those who do not experience stress.
  • One problem with the study is that it was retrospective, and women who have bad outcomes are more likely to remember the negative events that occurred during pregnancy, according to one expert.
  • A second study on pregnancy showed that physical strain around the time of implantation increased the risk of spontaneous abortion.

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