Could your stress be affecting your baby?

A study has linked stress levels during pregnancy with a child's coordination later in life

Coordination

Mums who had experienced three or more stressful events during pregnancy – for example financial problems, the death of family or a friend, or a divorce – on average had less coordination than those with lower stress levels.

The study published in the Child Development journal tested things like the childrens' grip strength, how far they could jump, how well they could stand on one foot or turn a nut onto a bolt later in life.

The children were tested at 10, 14 and 17 and concluded that, although the effects of stress during pregnancy do not materialise until a child is in their teens, children of mothers who experienced three or more stressful events during pregnancy scored lower on the tests than other children.

Nearly 3,000 mothers were asked to list the most stressful events of their pregnancy at 18 and 34 weeks.

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