Pregnancy is one of life’s greatest gifts. When most women consider what it means to have a healthy pregnancy, most point to eating the right foods, getting sufficient exercise, and taking all of the necessary vitamins and supplements for the baby’s development. What isn’t on this list very often is to remain stress free. During pregnancy, women experience varying emotions. With today’s ultrasound technology, medical practitioners have now determined that mothers are not the only ones affected by those emotions. It just so happens that your baby is reacting to how you feel. Below are just a few examples of how babies react to both your positive and negative emotions when you are pregnant.
Positive Emotions for Healing and Nurturing
Aside from nurturing your child by carrying it in your womb for 9 months, there definitely is another way that you nurture your child, and that is through positive thoughts and feelings during pregnancy. In a recent article by The Epoch Times, a mother’s communication with her fetus is also through the release of neurohormones. The types of neurohormones that are released are dependent upon your mood and emotions. For example, if you are feeling happy and calm, your baby also receives hormones that reflect those feelings. This leads your baby to share your sense of happiness and calm.
Bonding with Baby
Emotions are extremely powerful during your pregnancy. Apart from influencing your own baby’s mood, emotions during pregnancy also leads to a bond between you and your baby. For example, in two studies conducted at Durham and Lancaster University, researchers took 4D ultrasounds of a pregnant woman and her baby. It was found that when the mother’s felt stressed or anxious, their babies would touch their faces more and alter their facial expression. This suggests that even negative feelings affect your baby just as much as positive feelings. Therefore, by taking care of yourself during pregnancy, you are able to facilitate a positive and loving bond between you and your baby.
Mood Changes DNA
Evidence that your baby feels your emotions during pregnancy does not always need to be visible through neurohormones and bonding. Other evidence that is much more difficult to decipher is the alteration that occurs in your baby’s DNA. For example, when doctor’s conducted 3D and 4D Ultrasounds, medical professionals question if it affected the baby on another level aside from the noticeable. In a recent article, it was found that when mothers experienced positive emotions, their baby’s DNA strands relaxed and changed shape to reflect those positive emotions. On the other hand, when the mother felt negative feelings, the DNA tensed up.
Therefore, due to the advancement of 4D ultrasound, which provides highly accurate imaging of the unborn fetus, mothers and researchers are now able to keep better track of how their behavior affects the fetus in all the ways that are possible. Furthermore, the way that ultrasounds are conducted is also becoming more advance. These advancements, according to Ultrasound Center BabyGlimpse, come in the form of the ultrasound’s ability to provide live recordings that are coupled with audio and imaging. Hopefully, these advancements will allow mothers and medical practitioners to gain an even better and more in-depth knowledge of the link between emotion and pregnancy.
Mitigating Stress During Pregnancy
As a mother, you always want the best for your baby, and it is apparent that providing the best begins while you are pregnant. While pregnant, to ensure the health and proper development of your baby, focus on the positive and try to eliminate feelings of stress and agitation. A few suggestions to manage stress include yoga, support groups, speaking with friends and family, and fostering positive and happy emotions.
Written by guest blogger Matthew Milstead