You probably know that whatever activity or habit a pregnant women does or have, affects the baby she is carrying. In those moments, her emotional state is very important. The Association for Psychological Science did research on this matter, and the examiner found out that a mother’s emotions have an effect on a 6-month old embryo. Moreover, this effect is not just temporary. Being a mother, your emotional attitude, often stars to form the fetus’ feelings about life.
For stressed mothers
Every woman faces stressful moments during pregnancy. Infrequent stress does not have a long-term influence on the baby. But, the constant stress and anxiety, or depressive mood have a negative effect on your baby which lasts for a longer period of time. You should know that emotions cannot pass into the placenta, but hormones can. Then, your body creates a stress hormone every time you feel stressed out. Babies who are often exposed to this stress hormone, can get used to chronic stress.
For depressed mothers
Doctors confirm that the condition of being tense during pregnancy is as common as postpartum depression. Almost 10% of pregnant women get depressed. Depressed moms give birth to babies who are 1.5 times more prone to depression, once they are 18 years old. At this age, these children are facing emotional problems such as aggression. How well the baby develops, depends highly on both her mental and physical health during pregnancy.
In the study mentioned above, there was an explanation that babies had a normal development when their mothers’ mental conditions were good during pregnancy and after birth. If there is some change of these circumstances, the child’s development significantly slowed down. For example, if the mother was healthy during her pregnancy period, but become depressed right after giving birth, the baby might suffer slower development.
For mommies who suffer from occasional sad days
Going through occasional sad periods is normal, and every person has them. They are part of our lives, and if you have them from once in a while, there is nothing that should concern you. Short-term stresses will not leave lasting effects on your baby.
What you should do?
You can’t get rid of stress and anxiety completely, but you should be well informed of depression signs. Consulting your doctor is necessary if you are about to take pregnancy-safe antidepressants.
The best way to reduce stress and improve your health condition in general, is to practice mental activities such as yoga, exercise regularly, be physically active, long baths, taking deep breaths, and use common herbs. For example, the aroma of lavender drops, applied onto the collarbone provides a peaceful and calming atmosphere, which is the most effective anti-stress therapy.