Published On: Tue, Mar 22nd, 2016

Stress physiology in pregnancy can lead to low birth weight of baby



A new research study stated that even prior to a woman gets pregnant; her tension physiology may envisage a lower-birth weight of baby, below 2.5 kg.

The results disclosed that the mother’s stress physiology prior to that she even conceives is also significant. It proposes that a woman’s health and life incidents earlier than her pregnancy, particularly constant stress, affect very much.

Christine Guardino, who is a lead author of the study from the University of California in the US, stated that “We found that the same cortisol pattern that has been linked with chronic stress is associated with delivering a baby that weighs less at birth,”

Researchers assert this research study is the initial which illustrates maternal cortisol, which is a hormone the body discharges in reaction to stressful occasions; patterns prior to conception persuade the weight of the baby.

The research study, cited in the journal Health Psychology, evaluated 142 women, which appeared at how constant stress influences new parents and their babies in which they gave every day saliva samples.

Chris Dunkel Schetter, who is a co-author of the study, stated that “Women’s cortisol levels typically amplify by two to four times during a normal pregnancy and that increase plays an important role in a baby’s growth and development’’

However when cortisol levels are high beyond that array, the influences can be both instant, as high cortisol levels decrease blood flow to the foetus, and longer-lasting, affecting the child’s reaction to stress afterward in life, Schetter clarified.

The findings illustrated that the women were probable to give birth to lower-weight babies.

They have a high danger for infant mortality developmental and for health abnormalities all through their lives, involving cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.

Women preparing a pregnancy should get into account the probable influences of daily stress and start preparing for a healthy initial pregnancy better in advance, Schetter further stated.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.