According to Norwegian research, children whose mothers were unhappy during pregnancy also have a higher rate of infection in the first year of life
Do you know how unhappiness with your love relationship can affect your health – and even your child’s health? According to a Norwegian survey, if you are pregnant and unsatisfied with your partner you will be more likely to develop infections – and your baby as well. The conclusion was derived from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), a health study that has been collecting data on mothers and children since 1999. Information was analyzed from about 91,000 women and more than 100,000 children to assess the risk of infection. Mothers also had questionnaires about their love relationship, answering questions such as, “Does my partner and I have a close relationship?” Or “Do I often think about ending my courtship / marriage?”
The results showed that women who were dissatisfied with the partners had almost twice the chance of developing infections compared to those who were happy with their relationship. Does this mean that every woman with problems with her partner is at greater risk? Not necessarily. “My study does not prove that the first thing necessarily leads to the second. But those (mothers) who reported dissatisfaction with their relationship reported illness more often during pregnancy. And children also had more illnesses during the first year of life, “explains lead author Roger Ekeber.
The key to understanding the relationship pointed out by research may be stress. But do not blame him. In healthy doses he is responsible for leaving our body ready to act if there is any danger. Being stressed all the time is that it can cause problems. “Stress causes some hormonal releases, especially of cortisol and adrenaline, which cause the body to enter into alertness. But if the pregnant woman is subjected to constant stress, this can cause harm, “explains the obstetrician and obstetrician Ricardo Andrade Freire, of the Hospital and Maternity São Luiz Anália Franco (SP). Pregnancy alone already releases a lot of hormones in the woman’s body and therefore pregnant women are more likely to feel the effects of prolonged stress.
Bad for the mother, worse for the baby
According to Ekeber, the relationship between dissatisfaction in the love relationship and health problems became even clearer when analyzing data on infants in the first year of life. Specialists focused on eight types of infections, from otitis to influenza, and found that children whose parents were in a poor relationship were much more affected by these illnesses.
According to the endocrinologist, Renato Zilli, from the Sírio Libanês Hospital (SP), besides cortisol, which crosses the placenta can cause premature birth and low birth weight, can also influence the baby’s behavior. “Cortisol peaks will modulate the immune response, both in the pregnant woman and in the fetus. Therefore, studies indicating that babies who have suffered intrauterine stress are more prone to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. “
Therefore, it is important to note that, while research has been well-directed to analyze relationships, it is not only the stress caused by friction with the partner that can be harmful. “The search can be extended to any social environment in which the pregnant is inserted:. Family, work the important thing to keep in mind that it lives an emotional conflict, it can affect pregnancy,” concludes Freire.