Mother's stress affects fetus

Mother's stress affects fetus

New medical research has established that prenatal stress could significantly influence development of the brain and organization of behavior in fetus.
Researchers explain that because stress affects many of the body's systems--nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and immune--there is good reason to believe that severe emotional stress could cause defects in the fetus, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy when development occurs at the fastest rate.
In women who are exposed to severe stress and anxiety, this effect is caused by reduced blood flow through the arteries that feed the uterus. Usually, the cranial nerve crest, a structure of cells that is thought to contribute to the development of the head and face in a fetus, gets affected.

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