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How Your Emotional State Directly Affects Your Baby In The Womb

Every mother forms a unique bond with their baby right from the womb. From embryo to childbirth, they grow and change together. The development of the baby is dependent on the mother. During those nine months, mom’s healthy diet provides the baby the required nutrients. Maintaining the best possible physical health is very important to keep the little one in good shape.

But what happens when your mental health weakens? Like physical fitness, your mental fitness also has a say in your baby’s health. When the little love is in the womb, your mental state will have an impact on him/her. Your happiness, sadness, and anxiety can affect your growing baby. Read on to know how and why.

Happiness

Feeling all lovey-dovey? Well, stay like that and don’t change. Feeling loved by those around you makes you happy. It helps you relax, thus, keeping stress and anxiety at bay. Happiness during pregnancy is what you want. When you are at ease, you will be more capable of taking care of yourself and your baby. You will be focused on nutritious diet and healthy living so that you will have a blissful baby.

Anxiety

An expectant mom needs no reason to be anxious. Even a trivial issue may make a mom anxious about their babies’ health. Sometimes strain in the relationship may also lead to anxiety. But, remember moms, anxiety can be detrimental to your baby’s health. Anxiety in pregnancy is associated with shorter gestation. Moreover, it has adverse implications for fetal neurodevelopment and child outcomes.

Of course, it is natural for you to be worried about your pregnancy, labor, delivery and the safety of your baby. But if it starts affecting you, talk to your doctor.

Depression

Depressive symptoms in mothers during pregnancy is dangerous. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), between 14-23% of women will struggle with some symptoms of depression during pregnancy. Persistent sadness, loss of interest in your favorite activities, and recurring thoughts of death/suicide are common symptoms of depression. And it is not healthy for the mother and the baby.

Studies have linked depression to lower birth weight infants with consequences for infant development. Apart from that, depression may lead to poor nutrition, drinking, and smoking in moms, thus, affecting the baby’s health. And babies born to depressed mothers may not stay healthy after birth. They may be less active. If you experience depressive symptoms during pregnancy, seek medical help without fail.

Stress

For many women, pregnancy is a time of stress. It can be an emotional crisis for them. But, expectant moms, you have a lot on your plate now. It is best to stay away from unnecessary stress. Too much strain may affect your health, leading to high blood pressure, headache, and other medical issues. High levels of stress can increase the chances of having a premature baby or a low-birth-weight baby.

As your baby grows up, he/she may show more fear in dealing with everyday events in their life. It will also have an adverse effect on mother-child interaction. Under constant stress, a mom may not find it pleasant to spend some quiet time with the baby. Instead, she may find pregnancy as a burden that stops her from a carefree life.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.