Stress IS hereditary: Children of mothers who endured stress during pregnancy ‘are less resilient’

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Children may be less resilient to stress if their mothers suffered stress in their second trimester of pregnancy, new research suggests. 

The small study by the University of California at San Francisco found babies of mothers with the highest number of stressful life events were more reactive to stressors, and took longer to recover.

This stress appeared to impact their heart, and put them at a higher risk of depression and behavioral issues in later life than their peers. 

It comes just weeks after another study suggested male stress could affect the resilience of their offspring, building on a growing swell of research connecting generational stress levels. 

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