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What are the effects to the baby from maternal stress, depression, and anxiety during pregnancy?

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Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Stress &fetal effect: Stress releases chemicals and affects your hormones as well and they can affect your fetus. Grandmothers alwasy say if one wants a happy baby the mom needs to stay happy!
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Significant: These issues in pregnancy can cause an increase in maternal production of cortisol. This elevated cortisol can effect brain development in the developing child.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me effects to the baby of so much stress, depression and anxiety during pregnancy?

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Dr. Marvin Miller
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Can cause problems.: When the mother is calmand happy during pregnancy the baby is also likely to be more calm and happy. When the mother becomes anxious her biochemistry changes and the baby also experiences those changes since it shares blood circulation with the mother. After delivery it is even more important for the mother to be calm and happy in order to deliver good care to the infant.

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