Can a pregnant mother's stress impact her child's health?

Can a mother's stress impact her child's disease development? 1. Stress experienced by an expectant mother could affect her baby's chance of developing disease – perhaps over the course of the child's life, according to a University of Cincinnati study. 2. Psychosocial stress such as emotional, physical, sexual abuse, separation/divorce, or bereavement may be mutating a child's mitochondrial DNA and could be a precursor to a host of diseases. Asthma, obesity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism are examples. 3. Study looked at 365 birth mothers in Boston and New York City during a five-year period and compared maternal lifetime stress in relation to mitochondrial mutations in the mother's placenta. 4. Women experiencing increased psychosocial stress exhibited a higher number of mitochondrial DNA mutations in the placenta. Strongest associations were observed most among Blacks who are more at risk for certain diseases.

Can a pregnant mother's stress impact her child's health?