Mom's stress can predispose baby to allergies, asthma

05/19/2008 | Reuters

Harvard researchers report pregnant women who are stressed about money or relationships have a higher risk of giving birth to babies predisposed to allergies and asthma. Infants of women with high levels of stress during pregnancy had higher levels of immunoglobulin E -- an immune system compound -- even if they had low exposure to allergens during pregnancy, the study found.

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