Stress during second and third month of pregnancy raise risk of premature birth and losing baby boys

Stress during second and third month of pregnancy raises risk of premature birth and losing baby boysFirst time stress has been shown to affect the balance between the sexesFindings based on stress caused by the 2005 Tarapaca earthquake in Chile A new study shows exposure to stress can shorten the length of pregnancy Mothers-to-be who are highly stressed during the second and third month of pregnancy are more at risk of giving birth prematurely and losing boy babies, say researchers. A new study shows exposure to stress can shorten the length of pregnancy, making it more likely that babies will be born early and for boys to be miscarried. It is the first time stress has been shown to affect the balance between the sexes, known as the sex ratio, which normally favours an excess in the number of boys being born.