A new study has found that stress during pregnancy increases the risk of mood disorders in baby girls.
The research, published in Biological Psychiatry, reported increased anxious and depressive-like behaviour in girls at the age of 2.
Interestingly, baby boys were not found to experience the same symptoms. This sex-specific risk came as a surprise: ‘High maternal levels of cortisol during pregnancy appear to contribute to risk in females, but not males’.
These findings continue to emphasize the importance of prenatal health and well-being.
Read more about this study in this Science Daily article: