Men whose mothers reported at least three stressful events in the first trimester of their pregnancy had less, and weaker, sperm and lower testosterone levels than average, research in Australia has found. Photo: Alamy

Low sperm count linked to mums’ stress early in pregnancy – though it may not be the cause

  • Sons of women who suffered stressful events in first 18 weeks of pregnancy – the death of someone close, marital problems, money woes – have low sperm counts
  • Researchers have not established the stress affected the men’s sperm, and say other factors such as mothers’ smoking and drug use may be just as important
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Men whose mothers reported at least three stressful events in the first trimester of their pregnancy had less, and weaker, sperm and lower testosterone levels than average, research in Australia has found. Photo: Alamy
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