Grieving Before Conception Increases Risk for Infant Mortality

October 13, 2015

According to the recent journal published by Wolters Kluwer, a six-month period prior to pregnancy may be a sensitive developmental period. An increased infant death rate may actually be linked to mourning experienced by women before they become pregnant.
Quetzal Class and the coauthors also mentioned in the journal that bereavement is a major life stressor from both a psychological and physiological perspective. During the vulnerable period of early organ development, grieving can actually lead in the maternal stress system that may affect offspring development.
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