Women with PTSD face pregnancy risk

November 7, 2014 10:46 AM

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Women with PTSD face pregnancy risk

Having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) significantly increases a pregnant woman's risk of premature birth, according to a new study.

Researchers examined more than 16,000 births involving female U.S. military veterans between 2000 and 2012, and found that having PTSD in the year before delivery increased the risk of spontaneous premature birth by 35 percent.

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