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Stress during pregnancy can impact babies later in life

According to researchers, high stress levels during pregnancy can make unborn babies more susceptible to stress and anxiety in the future.

A study conducted by a team of researchers at Konstanz University in Germany has revealed that extreme stress levels during pregnancy can affect the development of the glucocorticoid receptor, a gene which plays a vital role in reaction to stress.

Experts have long since known that there is a link between stressed mothers and the attitudes of their offspring, but what this study has proven is that this link is not just a result of ‘nurture’.

The researchers on the study revealed that children whose mothers were victims of significant domestic abuse when they were in the womb, have genetically different responses to stress than children from mothers who had a happy pregnancy.

Though the research did not examine the effects of everyday stresses and strains such as family and work commitments, medical experts recommend that mothers-to-be try and keep their stress levels as low as possible.

If you are pregnant and are looking for a way to relieve stress then it may be worth considering an alternative therapy such as shiatsu or crystal therapy. Many alternative therapies such as those mentioned are fantastic for stress relief and relaxation and have the additional benefits of being side effect and medication free. To find out more about alternative therapies please visit our ‘Therapy Topics‘ page.

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Written by Emma Hilton

Written by Emma Hilton

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