A little stress may boost the fetal brain

2019-03-01 05:14:18

HIGH stress during pregnancy is bad news, but it turns out that moderate stress might boost fetal brain development. Studies in rodents suggest that stress during pregnancy inhibits neural growth, while the children of women who lived in war zones during pregnancy have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia. To investigate the effects of moderate stress in humans, Janet DiPietro and her colleagues at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland,