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GALVESTON, Texas, Aug 14, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- U.S. research shows there is no direct association between anxiety symptoms and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

A review of the research by scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch found experiencing anxiety symptoms during pregnancy is not associated with an increased risk of a number of pregnancy complications, such as longer labor or a low birth weight baby.

"Pregnancy can be an emotional time for women and, for some, anxiety associated with the pregnancy can be compounded by pre-existing difficulties, such as having an inadequate social support system," said lead author Heather Littleton. She and co-authors Carmen Breitkopf and Dr. Abbey Berenson, also from Galveston's University of Texas Medical Branch, sought to evaluate if there is a correlation between the anxiety experienced during pregnancy and adverse perinatal outcomes.

The study was presented last weekend in New Orleans at the 114th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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