Stress is not always bad as commonly
believed. Moderate stress during pregnancy boosts foetal brain
development, a new study has claimed.
In a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins
University in Maryland showed that stress during pregnancy inhibits
For the research, the team led by Janet DiPietro
examined 112 healthy pregnant women three times during their third
trimester and asked them about their stress levels, Child Development
They first recorded foetal movements and then
examined the babies two weeks after birth. Their observation showed that
women who reported higher stress levels during pregnancy had babies that
moved around more in the womb.
After birth, these babies scored higher on a
brain maturation test, although they were more irritable. More active
foetuses had better control of body movements after birth.
"The stress hormone cortisol plays a role in
brain maturation, which may help explain the result, DiPietro said.
- Indian Express