Mothers who are stressed during pregnancy are more likely to have unruly, short tempered children, or children who suffer from ADHD, researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, have found.

The scientists believe that high levels of stress hormones in the womb affect the development of the unborn baby's brain. They also believe stress hormones affect other aspects of a child's development, including the hand the child favours as it grows up.

The researchers tracked the pregnancies of 1,700 mothers and their children from womb until school age.

However, researcher Alina Rodriguez said that parents shouldn't be alarmed be alarmed by the findings.

She said: "It is really important to put it into perspective and to go about your business and try to relax, get support from different people and do things that make you feel good."

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