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Effects of Stress on Fetal Development

March 17, 2015

 Adults are conditioned to deal with daily stress. However, continued stress during pregnancy can have significant long-term affects on a baby. 


Effects of Stress on Fetal Development:

- Preterm labor

- Low birth weight

- High blood pressure

- Cognitive delays

- Neuromotor delays

- Behavioral problems

- Slowed brain development

- Obesity/Diabetes later in life later in life

- Hypersensitivity

- Cleft lip and cleft palate 


Most recently, some studies are suggesting that stress in the womb can affect a baby's temperament and neurobehavioral development. Infants whose mothers experienced high levels of stress while pregnant, particularly in the first trimester, show signs of more depression and irritability. In the womb,

they also are slower to "habituate" or tune out repeated stimuli -- a skill that, in infants, is an important predictor of IQ.


"Women who received massage therapy (during pregnancy) reported decreased depression, anxiety, and leg and back pain. Cortisol levels decreased and, in turn, excessive fetal activity decreased, and the rate of prematurity was lower in the massage group. In a study of labor pain, women who received massage therapy experienced significantly less pain, and their labors were on average 3 h shorter with less need for medication." - T. Field Study on massage during pregnancy


Massage is an effective and useful tool to manage stress. 


Tree of Life Massage Therapists are the best pregnancy massage therapists in Albuquerque. They are the most experienced group of massage therapists and love pampering mama's to reduce stress and tension. They firmly believe they are directly impacting the mother's pregnancy, but also indirectly impacting a new baby's entire life. Meet our therapists and schedule a massage today. 


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