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Is this true about stress and pregnancy? Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 18766 posts
status 12th Sep '13

I'm watching secretly pregnant. One lady goes to a therapist to discuss her problem. She feels guilty about living in a motel with their daughter and has her son living at grandmas house, unemployed with her husband, and is hiding her pregnancy from her mil.



Her therapist says by her stressing, it will cause the child to be born with emotional issues.



I always thought you developed emotional issues by yourself as you grew up, not passed in the womb.....



So I am just wondering if this is possible.

Amelia [a Mom] 1 child; 4 angel babies; Tallahassee, Florida 16591 posts
12th Sep '13

That sounds like some kind of old wives tale.

Gosloving 1 child; Washington 12831 posts
12th Sep '13

I've never heard of that. Really interesting though. I know some kids do develop emotional issues at a very young age.

Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 18766 posts
status 12th Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Amelia Margaret:</b>" That sounds like some kind of old wives tale."</blockquote>




Yeah....



I can't find any sources stating otherwise.

rpgmomma8404 1 child; St Ann, Missouri 7591 posts
12th Sep '13
Quoting Amelia Margaret:" That sounds like some kind of old wives tale."

^What she said.



I was stressed out during my whole pregnancy. My son has autism so that can cause issues alone by itself but overall he is a super happy kid.

mommy2lilbean TTC since Aug 2013; Japan 146 posts
12th Sep '13

I was stressed during pregnancy and my son had a rough start. We didn't hold him until he was a few days old, and he is the happiest little boy ever. He is social, laughs all the time, and is very sweet and loving.

Mishella Mase Due December 4 (boy); 1 child; Bolivar, Ohio 42 posts
12th Sep '13

It's kinda true, it just depends on how stressful it is. I'm not going ot get into details, but when I was pregnant with my first it was just.. Awful. Granted, I could have taken a way out of the stressful environment for my son's well-being, but I was too afraid. He was not only born with a fluke of a deformity because of the toll stress took on both of our bodies, he's starting to develop some emotional issues that concern me greatly... Depending on what the stress is, yes. It can affect your child, it's not some 'wive's tale' unless you haven't experienced it. So maybe those old wives had stress and things happen to their children too..

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6862 posts
12th Sep '13

My personal opinion is that there is most likely a genetic factor to brain chemistry. If the mom is more likely to lean toward depression/anxiety,etc, her children would also have a higher chance of being depressed or anxious.



With my first pregnancy, I wasn't stressed at all and I lost my son at 23 weeks. With my other 3 term pregnancies, I was extremely stressed and high risk. I delivered them at or around term without issue. No emotional issues between the 3 of them worth speaking about.



If stress causes fetal issues, my oldest living baby would have 2 heads and a few extra arms and probably a sociopath.

Mara Due September 27 (girl); 2 kids; San Francisco, California 38964 posts
12th Sep '13
Quoting Bad Things:" I'm watching secretly pregnant. One lady goes to a therapist to discuss her problem. She feels guilty ... [snip!] ... developed emotional issues by yourself as you grew up, not passed in the womb..... So I am just wondering if this is possible."


sort of true...



chronically high levels of stress during pregnancy are bad for the baby's brain development and are correlated w/ increased risk of learning disabilities and mental / emotional disorders (such as increased anxiety ).



but it's not a clear argument that HER stress = dysfunctional child, as it's a correlational relationship thus far.

Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 18766 posts
status 12th Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mara:</b>" sort of true... chronically high levels of stress during pregnancy are bad for the baby's brain development ... [snip!] ... ). but it's not a clear argument that HER stress = dysfunctional child, as it's a correlational relationship thus far. "</blockquote>



Yeah.



That makes sense.



It was interesting to me because I was a "secret" pregnancy to a teen. I do have emotional issues now, but not so much as a child...just around 12.



I don't know if the raising would be more harmful than gaining issues straight from the mother.

Mara Due September 27 (girl); 2 kids; San Francisco, California 38964 posts
12th Sep '13
Quoting Bad Things:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mara:</b>" sort of true... chronically high levels of stress ... [snip!] ... as a child...just around 12. I don't know if the raising would be more harmful than gaining issues straight from the mother."


exactly...

Amelia [a Mom] 1 child; 4 angel babies; Tallahassee, Florida 16591 posts
12th Sep '13
Quoting Mishella Mase:" It's kinda true, it just depends on how stressful it is. I'm not going ot get into details, but when ... [snip!] ... 'wive's tale' unless you haven't experienced it. So maybe those old wives had stress and things happen to their children too.. "


What? A single anecdotal experience doesn't make it true.