“Anxiety during pregnancy predicts worse outcomes” as reported by MCH Center for Women’s Mental Health — The good news is that more and more studies are concentrating on the impact of anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum, and not just depression and/or stress. This research will lead to better understandings and earlier interventions.
Hosseini and colleagues found:
“Anxiety symptoms reported at the third trimester predicted shortened gestational age and lower birth weight. When anxiety symptoms during the first and second trimesters were assessed, only severe anxiety was predictive of lower birthweight and gestational age. Women whose anxiety reached severe levels for at least two trimesters were significantly more likely to deliver offspring of lower birthweight and shorter gestation than those women who reported severe anxiety at none or only one of the trimesters. Women who reported chronic, severe anxiety were at the highest risk of having a baby with a shorter gestation and lower birthweight.”