Stress can harm your baby
It is known that prolonged stress increases the risk of having a premature or low-birthweight baby.
But did you know that stress can affect your baby’s IQ or cause behavioural problems during childhood?
New research shows that stress experienced by a woman during pregnancy may affect her unborn baby as early as 17 weeks after conception, with potentially harmful effects on brain and development.
The latest study was led by Professor Vivette Glover at Imperial College London and the consultant obstetrician Pampa Sarkar, from Wexham Park hospital, Berkshire. 267 pregnant women had their stress hormone, cortisol, measured during pregnancy.
Results show that unborn babies are exposed to their mother's stress hormones at such an early stage in pregnancy. Higher cortisol levels in the mother's blood were reflected in higher levels in the amniotic fluid from the gestational age of 17 weeks onwards.
The children of mothers who reported multiple stressful events during pregnancy are more likely to develop behavioural problems throughout childhood. An earlier study, led by Prof Glover, measured the intelligence of more than 100 babies and toddlers whose mothers had suffered unusually high stress in pregnancy.
It found their IQ was generally about 10 points below average, and that many had higher than average levels of anxiety and attention deficit problems.
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute looked at the relationship between pregnancy stress in mothers and children's motor development to find that mothers who experienced stressful events during pregnancy had children who scored lower on a series of motor skill tests.
Mothers who are stressed or anxious during pregnancy are more vulnerable to developing postnatal depression.
Stress during pregnancy can have long-lasting negative effects on your family as a whole.
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