Maternal grief tied to slight increase in congenital heart defect risk

03/25/2013 | DailyRx.com

Women who suffered the death of a loved one within a year prior to conception had an 11% greater risk of having babies with a congenital heart defect than those who hadn't lost someone, Danish researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics. The study showed that losing a child or romantic partner carried a slightly higher risk of having babies with such defects compared with those who lost a sibling or one of their parents.

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