Maternal Stress Affects Fetus’s Brain Development

Maternal Stress Affects Fetus’s Brain DevelopmentIn a recent research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, stress taken by a mother during pregnancy affects development of brain in fetus to a significant extent.

According to the study, stress in pregnancy is transferred to the placenta of woman. It leads to absorption of more than just oxygen and nitrogen and causes significant changes in development of fetus’s brain.

The condition causes change in levels of protein, which ultimately hinders the neurological development of the child in womb. According to the researchers, it is the root cause behind development of mental disorders like autism and schizophrenia.

The findings were published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research asserted that a biomarker showed the effect of stress taken by the mother on the child. The findings were more common in male offspring than females.

“If we have a marker for exposure, we can know about the genetic profiles that predispose individuals to these conditions and keep a close eye on children who have increased risks”, affirmed Dr. Tracy Bale, from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in the U. S. and the Lead Researcher of the study.

The research was initially conducted on mice and later extended to find similar results in human babies.