Pregnancy Stress Leads To Baby's Asthma

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Stress during pregnancy leads to allergies and asthma in babies.

A team of researchers from Harvard Medical School examined 387 babies. Researchers measured how high the levels of Immunoglobulin (IgE) are in umbilical cord blood of all babies. IgE is a chemical boosted because of allergic responses.


Researchers found that babies whose mothers are being stressed during pregnancy are being exposed to substances leading to allergies and asthma. It is already well known and proved by numerous studies that mother's health during pregnancy is a very important issue for baby's health. Baby's health is believed to depend upon a complex combination of genetic and environmental factors.

This study points out the importance of mother's emotional state during pregnancy on further development of a foetus. Babies tested for IgE showed urging levels of it, because their mothers experienced stress during pregnancy. This means that they are high risk for developing allergies and asthma even without specific allergens surrounding them.

If babies of stressed mother get exposed to allergens later in life they will have even higher risk for developing asthma.

The researchers urge the importance of having healthy pregnancy in both physical and psychological terms. Babies develop health from the first day of pregnancy in mothers' womb. It is very important for a pregnant woman to be stress free and maintain healthy habits to deliver a healthy baby.