The arrival of a child in a family is one of the finest that are new. However, pregnancy is often accompanied by a great deal of stress.

Signs of Stress

Stress can manifest itself in physical symptoms:

* Digestive Problems
* Insomnia
* Manque appetite
* Decreased energy

Emotional signs are also common:

* Anxiety
* Jump mood
* Nervousness
* Nightmares

This is normal, but be careful!

The arrival of a baby involves huge changes in the lives of parents and it may generate some concern. However, it was shown that intense anxiety in a pregnant woman could have negative effects on the little creature she wears. The stress of the mother can affect the fetus, but also cause various problems that will affect the child throughout his life.

Alleged consequences of severe anxiety

If researchers are not unanimous about the consequences of stress during pregnancy, several studies have established a relationship between anxiety and maternal problems in children. Indeed, a stressed individual produce cortisol, a hormone that can be transmitted to the fetus. However, for the development of the latter is affected, it is necessary that the cortisol levels of the mother is very high, so it suffers from intense stress and continuous.


Miscarriages and prematurity

Fetuses stressed are more likely to leave the ship early. Anxious women are more often victims of miscarriages and they are more likely to give birth to premature babies.

Birth Complications

Moreover, even in the long term, these infants may have a lower weight than average. Having been stressed throughout pregnancy can also cause complications during childbirth.

Later in the child’s life

Researchers have studied the effects that maternal stress can have on the child after birth. Many physiological or behavioral problems may be linked. It is not easy to conduct research on these issues, because it can be difficult to isolate factor in the study of other factors including genetics. Occasionally using animals as guinea pigs, they managed to partially avoid this obstacle.


In the early 1990s, British researchers have examined the probable link between maternal anxiety and asthma. It is the most common disease in children, and about one in ten suffer. In cases where the mother suffers from intense anxiety, particularly in late pregnancy, the probability that the child is asthmatic increase significantly. Why is it so? It seems that prenatal stress can disrupt hormonal functioning and the immune system of the child, predisposing to bronchial hyper reactivity and airway inflammation.

Learning disabilities and behavior

In another vein, anxiety during pregnancy predisposes the child to suffer from various cognitive and behavioral disorders. Thus, prenatal anxiety might make the children themselves are prone to anxiety disorders, as well as attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity (these three issues are interrelated). IQ could also be affected, as shown by research on the children of women who were pregnant when the ice storm hit Quebec in 1998. We also talk about the increased risk of depression in children of anxious women, and the possible development of some form of autism.

Spread the word!

If you are pregnant and anxious, it is important that you do not you isolate. Share your feelings with your spouse, your friends or your family. Talking about your fears will help you to understand, tame and ultimately manage them. Thus, it will be easier to determine the sources of your stress and act accordingly.

Tell your doctor

If you are unable to manage your anxiety, it is important that you talk to your doctor. He will advise you and, if necessary, offer you a treatment for your needs. Whether certain categories of drugs are not recommended during pregnancy, others may suit you. Do not recourse especially self-medication, which can be harmful. Especially, keep in mind that a certain amount of stress is natural and has no serious danger. After all, stress is a coping mechanism necessary for survival of the species, it is only when it begins to take place any need to worry.