Pregnant people with mental health problems have an increased risk of obstetric complications, preterm labour and lower infant birthweight. 5 The children of those who are stressed or anxious during pregnancy are more likely to be anxious themselves, or have symptoms of attention deficit or hyperactivity. 6 7 Maternal depression during the early years of a child’s life can also adversely affect their physical, cognitive, social, behavioural and emotional development. 8

References

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