PTSD Increases Risk of Premature Birth

Pregnant women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at increased risk of giving birth prematurely, a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has found.

The study, which examined more than 16,000 births to female veterans, is the largest ever to evaluate connections between PTSD and preterm birth. Having PTSD in the year before delivery increased a woman’s risk of spontaneous premature delivery by 35 percent, the research, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, showed.

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