Stress can pass to your baby

Research shows anxiety during pregnancy is passed on to the baby


Babies whose mums are stressed out during pregnancy might well end up suffering from low self-esteem later in life, says Professor Dieter Wolke, of the University of Warwick in the UK. His study on more than 9,000 children found that anxiety during pregnancy is passed on to the baby in the womb, and children of stressed-out mums were more likely to feel anxious, or cry – and possibly be easier targets for bullies. While it sounds far-fetched, the study did extensive investigations into the stress response system in mothers and their unborn babies, and began collecting data on more than 1,000 pregnant women between 1991 and 1992. Since then, they have followed the progress of the resulting children and their emotional states, resulting in the data which was published in the Journals of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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