Babies born to women with PTSD weighed 10 ounces less than those of the trauma-exposed women and about 8 ounces less than infants of the non-exposed women. Race was also a factor in the results. African-American women are more likely to have PTSD during pregnancy because they have greater lifetime exposure to trauma and tend to get less treatment. “It is essential that outcomes are improved in this high risk group of women,” said researcher Julia Seng of the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender. “Maternity care needs to take traumatic stress into account…”
To read much more about PTSD in women, see Psychiatric News at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/45/23/32.1.full.