Stress During Pregnancy? How it Affects the Baby

Science has long educated us that everything we eat and drink affects unborn babies, but what about the emotions. Pregnancy brings every type of emotions and moments in lives of people around it.

According to a study conducted by the Association for Psychological Sciences in the US, your emotions during pregnancy can put adverse effects on your six-month embryo. Not only that, during pregnancy, your emotional condition can also possibly form the foundation for the attitudes of the fetus about his or her own life.

However, getting back to the point that possibly got you hooked, what effects can your tears put on your unborn child. Well, it mainly depends on the sort of woman you are. The following categories will give you a good idea of how your feelings can add up as a factor in transforming your baby and making choices for him/her forever.   

If you overthink or take too much stress:

It's undeniable that pregnancy isn't a spa trip. A woman goes through a lot of things that sometimes are painful and uncomfortable, sometimes are a moment of happiness. Although every mother has her bouts of occasional stress, there is no need to take stress about being stressed during pregnancy. In fact, taking a little bit of stress is fine and won't have any lasting impact on a newborn baby.  

However, if you have been dealing with long-term stress and anxiety during your pregnancy, it increases your chances of having an anxious, colicky baby. When you suffer the blues, your body produces a stress hormone, and though you think that your feelings and emotions won't be able to get through the placenta, those pesky, disturbing hormones do.

If your baby gets exposed to those stress hormones, he/she can get used to being depressed chronically.  

If you're fighting with Depression:

According to a study published in Healthline, it's common for women to suffer from depression during pregnancy, the same way they suffer from a phenomenon known as postpartum depression. According to the report, almost 10% of mother-to-be suffer from depression. At that time, the prognosis doesn't seem to be a feasible option.      

If a baby borns to a clinically depressed mother, he is roughly 1.5 times more likely of developing depression as well as emotional difficulties such as aggression, by the time he grows 18 years old.   

If this doesn't seem to be alarming, depression can impact the life growing inside your womb. However, this more depends on the proportion of your depressed feelings rather than having depression itself. According to a study, if a pregnant woman is emotionally healthy during the nine months and remains so post-pregnancy, then the baby will develop normally. If a woman has suffered from depression during her pregnancy and even after the birth she was depressed, the baby will grow normal. Though, if there is a change in the consistency of emotions, for instance, if a mother is healthy when pregnant but suffered postpartum depression or vice versa, it can compromise the development of the baby.    

What if you resent your pregnancy?

If you're facing resentment for the baby developing inside your womb, this will only complicate the matter. According to studies, moms who have failed to form any bond or attachment with their unborn child had a baby who grew up with emotional setbacks.

Now, what's next?

If you have been facing more than those occasional bouts of blues, don't worry. No one will be expecting you to pull a climatic cold turkey for all the stress in your life.

Though, try to recognize the symptoms of depression and consult your doctor about taking antidepressants during pregnancy.