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Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Bergman
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Stress

Streas has not truly been shown to be associated with any pregnancy issues.
How stress affects the pregnant mothers sleep & eating patterns might effect fetal growth, but otherwise should not contribute to birth defects or autism.

In brief: Stress

Streas has not truly been shown to be associated with any pregnancy issues.
How stress affects the pregnant mothers sleep & eating patterns might effect fetal growth, but otherwise should not contribute to birth defects or autism.
Dr. David Bergman
Dr. David Bergman
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Not likely

No particular cause has been associated with autism but a combination of factors may contribute.
Severe emotional stress during pregnancy however may result in factors that may contribute to poor maternal health with resultant low birth and prematurity. These in turn may contribute to factors that may negatively impact a baby cognitively.

In brief: Not likely

No particular cause has been associated with autism but a combination of factors may contribute.
Severe emotional stress during pregnancy however may result in factors that may contribute to poor maternal health with resultant low birth and prematurity. These in turn may contribute to factors that may negatively impact a baby cognitively.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: No, but a new study

Shows it's associated with an increased risk of your child's being bullied at school, oddly enough.
Any thing that harmfully impacts your ability to bond with your baby or causes you post-partum depression can impact your baby's development & social interaction.

In brief: No, but a new study

Shows it's associated with an increased risk of your child's being bullied at school, oddly enough.
Any thing that harmfully impacts your ability to bond with your baby or causes you post-partum depression can impact your baby's development & social interaction.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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