A recent study has linked being stressed while pregnant to depression in the female offspring being carried at the time.
We've all heard of various aspects and traits of ourselves being passed down to our babies while we're pregnant. Some are scientifically proven, such as addiction if you continue to drink alcohol or take drugs while you are with child. Others not so much, such as babies getting a taste for certain foods that their mom eats while she's carrying them around during pregnancy.
A new study has discovered something a little more concrete and a lot more worrying. When pregnant it's hard not to be stressed. Your body is changing, your hormones are all over the place, and for many of us, there are financial burdens to be worrying about. Obviously trying not to be stressed during pregnancy is important, but it might be more important than many realize.
According to a recent study, the results of which have been published by The Siasat Daily, show that stress while pregnant can lead to depression in female offspring. High levels of cortisol, the hormone that induces stress, during pregnancy have been linked to feelings of depression and anxiety in girls as young as two years of age. However, the presence of cortisol does not seem to have any effect on male offspring.
"This study measured maternal cortisol during pregnancy in a more comprehensive manner than prior research," revealed Alice Graham, an author of the study. The link between cortisol and potential mental health problems later in life apparently comes down to patterns of stronger communication between brain regions important for sensory and emotional processing. Male offspring did not experience that same strong brain connectivity.
While this all may sound like terrible news on the surface and could stress moms-to-be out even more, discovering something like this has to be considered good news in the long run. While some moms may see stress as part and parcel of being pregnant and attempt to just take it in their stride, hopefully, this breakthrough will make them think twice and take a back seat whenever they can for the good of their daughter in later life.