A recent study was done on how stress effects pregnant women, in utero, whether it be physical or psychological. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and explored 27 factors from physical to everyday lifestyle stress. One hundred eighty seven women were looked at and two thirds of them were physically and mentally healthy. The rest of the women showed different signs of mental, physical and psychological issues. Mothers with higher stress rates, physical or mental showed a significant difference.
- According to a Columbia University Medical School study, stress experienced in-utero can negatively affect your growing infant.
- Physically stressed mothers have a one in five chance of having their baby 1.5 weeks early.
- A mother’s positive social support system is critical for avoiding adverse birth outcomes.
“To explore this, the researchers analysed data from questionnaires, diaries and physical assessments in the early pregnancies of 187 healthy women and published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”