Pregnancy Stress Effects On Baby | Pregnant Women Stress Affects Fetus

Question:

I have completed my six month, I was in lot of stress, I am now worried that stress will affect on my child now what to do? Will my child will be healthy? Does stress have any side effects on baby?

Answer:

Stress During Pregnancy Effect on Child

Everyone passes through a phase of stress or strain in their life time. But a woman who is pregnant and is under severe stress or suffers from an emotional trauma may have child born with certain deficiencies which may persist in adulthood.

When a person gets stressed, her body produces stress hormone called cortisol.

If the person experiences occasional stress than cortisol may not create any problem, but if the stress is continuous for a long time than the cortisol hormone is too much for the baby to handle. Cortisol can cause high blood pressure problems, the mothers cortisol can reach the baby in the womb and raise the baby’ s set point for high blood pressure forever. This baby when reaches adulthood is likely to suffer from high blood pressure.

Stressed woman usually is malnourished; this can itself cause a problem in the fetus due to the deficiencies of vitamins and other nutrition which the mother may be lacking.

Preterm delivery, or low birth baby are common findings in woman who suffer from excessive stress.

These observations are based on the previous histories of the patients, but it is not always that such things happen. So what you require to do is talk to your doctor about your problem and he will advise you for further investigations, if he feels the need to be done.

First thing you have to do is stop worrying, as this itself will stress you. Think positively and be relaxed for rest of your pregnancy period.

All of us want happy children; happy children are born to happy mothers. So don’t worry and be happy.

8 Comments

  1. Morris Mzimkulu Fisher said:

    Is it possible to know gender of the fetus when a woman is 5 months pregnant?

    April 13, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Yes, it is possible to determine the sex of unborn baby with the help of ultrasound and genetic testing. However, in many countries sex determination is not allowed.

      April 14, 2012
      Reply
  2. RV said:

    I am 5 months pregnant and I was wondering is it normal to have sharp pain there when the baby moves? I feel sharp pain some times and am worried. Please advise.

    April 16, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Discomfort in abdomen is common pregnancy complaint. Most of the time it is harmless, but you have to be careful when it becomes persistent. If the pain persists for a longer duration, or if it does not subside after several minutes you have to consult your doctor. Along with pain if there is bleeding, fever, vaginal discharge, faintness, nausea and vomiting etc You should always consult your doctor.

      April 18, 2012
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  3. SA said:

    I am 5 months pregnant. I slipped on the bathroom floor and fell down in a sitting position. I have pain in my lower back and buttocks. Will the fall harm my baby?

    January 18, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      It is very difficult to say, you should consult your gynecologist in such situation. He will examine you and advice you if sonogram of pelvis in needed.

      January 22, 2013
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  4. TSI said:

    I am 18 weeks pregnant and I have hair growth around the anal area. Is it normal?

    March 13, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Hair growth around anus is normal physiological process. It is in the same way as pubic hair growth. However, the growth may vary from person to person. Normally this secondary sexual characteristic appears during teenage years together with pubic hair, but in your case you may have experienced it now. You should not bother about it. If you feel uncomfortable, you can shave or wax anal hair in the same way as you shave or wax pubic hair.

      March 13, 2013
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