Pregnant women are all encouraged to protect the fetus and get rid of stress.
A new study published in Child Development revealed that mothers having stressful events during their pregnancy give birth to children with health problems, in the sense that they are less coordinated in movements than other children.
The study was based on approximately 2,800 women from Australia. During the pregnancy, they were asked twice if they encountered stressful situations.
This study’s results revealed that children who had stressed mothers when they were still fetuses are less coordinated in body movements when they become teenagers. The stress may be caused by events such as somebody’s death, financial problems, job-related problems and even problems with the pregnancy itself. This consequence was even more visible when the negative events occurred at a later stage during pregnancy, because that is the moment when coordination movement is developed in the fetus.
Mothers having at least 3 major negative events gave birth to children who had lower scores regarding their body’s movement, in comparison with children born to stress-free mothers.
Researchers assessed children’s ability through a wide range of activities. They observed that stress has a major contribution in the way the fetus develops. Stress affects the cerebellar cortex, which is a key element in the body’s precision and proper timing of activities.
After the experiment, there was observed a huge discrepancy between children with mothers experiencing no stress and children with mothers experiencing a high level of stress.
Low development of movements has been linked to mothers’ mental and physical health both on a long and a short period of time.
Beth Hands, one of the study’s authors, stressed the mothers’ important role for the healthy development of their child.
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