Research shows that fathers-to-be who are feeling stressed out while the mothers of their babies are pregnant are more likely to have children who grow up with behavioral and emotional issues.
The Telegraph says that a study conducted by the University of Cambridge proved that fathers who had open traits that are linked to stress had infants with increased restlessness and temper tantrums versus infants whose fathers had been relaxed and easygoing before their birth.
Professor Claire Hughes who is involved with the study stated that previous research has shown that mothers who have presented stress while pregnant are later found to have children with related behavioral issues. The new study that the University of Cambridge worked on specifically focused on both mothers and fathers and tracked the behavioral issues of children, or lack thereof, during the two years following their birth.
The University of Cambridge shared the results of their research with the National Childbirth Trust which is the UK's largest parenting charity. The university insists that their study examines a "unique impact" of mental health issues that may arise during pregnancy which can affect children.
"For too long, the experiences of first-time dads has either been side-lined or treated in isolation from that of mums," Professor Claire Hughes said. “This needs to change because difficulties in children's early relationships with both mothers and fathers can have long-term effects.”
She went on to state that the university's results found that the need for couples' support earlier on is crucial. Expectant parents need a better and more effective support system while they prepare for the giant responsibility that is parenthood.
Another huge finding of the study is that two-year-olds are more likely to suffer from emotional issues. These include crying, being worried and sad, clingy and scared if their parents have had early postnatal relationship issues. Early postnatal relationship problems can range from general unhappiness to verbal arguments to emotional abuse or worse.
It's incredibly important that both parents are as relaxed and stress-free as possible for the baby's sake. It's long been thought that it's just important for the expecting mother to not be stressed but now we know it's equally as important for the proud papa to be relaxed as well.
We know this is often easier said than done. What are your tips for not stressing? Please share them to help out fellow BabyGaga readers in the comments below!