Katarzyna Smejda1, Agnieszka Brzozowska1, Daniela Podleck1, Kinga Polanska2, Joanna Jerzynsk1*

1Department of Pediatrics and Allergy, Medical University of Lodz, Copernicus Memorial Hospital in Lodz, Poland

2Department of Environmental Epidemiology, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Lodz, Poland

During pregnancy, women are more prone to stress and at risk of distress due to deep hormonal and physiological changes. The aim of this systematic review was to examine whether maternal stress during pregnancy increases the risk of atopic diseases in the children.

A review of the literature was performed using three databases: PubMed, Web of Science, EBSCO. We limited the results to human-subject studies published in English between January 2010 and September 2019. This systematic review suggests a relationship between maternal stress during pregnancy and allergic diseases in the child. The findings highlight the importance of the implementation of stress reduction programs for pregnant women and those in their postpartum period within communities in order to enable these individuals to relieve stress effectively.

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