A group of researchers from Princeton University conducted an interesting analysis of both birth records and of meteorological information to find children who were born in Texas between the years of 1996 and 2008, whose mothers happened to be in the path of a huge anticipated storm or hurricane whilst pregnant.
From their analysis, the researchers found that mothers-to-be who were living within an 18-mile radius of the hurricane path during their third trimester, were a staggering 60 per cent more likely to have a baby with a health problem at the time of birth.
Possible complications included difficulty breathing and a higher likelihood of being placed on a ventilator within the early hours of life.
In addition, the experts also found that there was an increased risk of complications following exposure to whether related stress in the first trimester.
Princeton University Professor Janet Currie said that the most important finding from this study is that subjection to stress whilst carrying a child does indeed have a negative impact on the baby.
‘I think there’s every reason to believe that if you have a better measure of child health – like you knew this child was having breathing problems at birth – that might be a stronger predictor of longer-term outcomes. ‘ Said Currie.
Whilst Britain is not as prone to natural disasters and extreme weather as the US, what this study indicates is that intense stress and strain during pregnancy should be avoided in order to give your baby the best chance of a healthy start to life.
If you are pregnant and are feeling the strain in either work or in your personal life, it is important to try and alleviate the stress before it begins to have a lasting negative impact on your health, and possibly the health of your unborn child.
Hypnotherapy has long since been used as a tool for stress reduction and promoting relaxation, and could be extremely beneficial to pregnant women who wish to keep their cool and learn some helpful relaxation tips.
To find out more about how hypnotherapy may be able to help you have a stress free pregnancy, visit our Stress fact-sheet for full details.
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