Moms beware! Stress during pregnancy may affect baby’s brain

Written by March 28, 2018 12:19

New Delhi: Stress during pregnancy is bad for the unborn kid, a new study has confirmed.

Babies do a lot more than kick in the womb. They are rapidly growing and developing in ways that mom isn’t even aware of. Everything from a mother’s diet and water intake to exercise impacts that development, for the good and the bad.

The study found that stress during pregnancy is not good for the unborn child and remaining stress-free during this period helps the brain development of the baby.

A mother’s stress during pregnancy changes neural connectivity in the brain of her unborn child, according to the study presented at a meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Boston, Massachusetts.

“We have demonstrated what has long been theorised, but not yet observed in a human, which is that the stress of a mother during her pregnancy is reflected in connectional properties of her child’s developing brain,” said one of the researchers Moriah Thomason of Wayne State University in US.

stress in pregnancyThey found that mothers reporting high stress had foetuses with a reduced efficiency in how their neural functional systems are organised.

Back in 2007, a study in the journal Clinical Endocrinology found that stress during pregnancy can impact the fetus as early as 17 weeks after conception, having potentially harmful effects on brain development and behavior, including lowering the child’s IQ.