Early Diagnosis Can Negatively Impact Pregnancy

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By Molly Grady

There's a downside to diagnosing infants with congenital heart disease while they're in the womb.

Studies show those babies do better than infants who are diagnosed after birth, but a new study in the Journal Pediatrics finds more than 30 percent of mothers reported feeling stressed and anxious after receiving the diagnosis.

That additional stress can negatively impact their pregnancy.

The authors suggest expectant mothers receive psychological support along with the diagnosis.   

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