Fetuses Can Sense Mothers’ Psychological States, Study Indicates

Fetal Face ProfileVia ScienceDaily:

As a fetus grows, it’s constantly getting messages from its mother. It’s not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this includes signals about the mother’s mental state. If the mother is depressed, that affects how the baby develops after it’s born.

In recent decades, researchers have found that the environment a fetus is growing up in — the mother’s womb — is very important. Some effects are obvious. Smoking and drinking, for example, can be devastating. But others are subtler; studies have found that people who were born during the Dutch famine of 1944, most of whom had starving mothers, were likely to have health problems like obesity and diabetes later.

Curt A. Sandman, Elysia P. Davis, and Laura M. Glynn of the University of California-Irvine study how the mother’s psychological state affects a developing fetus. For this study, they recruited pregnant women and checked them for depression before and after they gave birth. They also gave their babies tests after they were born to see how well they were developing.

They found something interesting: what mattered to the babies was if the environment was consistent before and after birth. That is, the babies who did best were those who either had mothers who were healthy both before and after birth, and those whose mothers were depressed before birth and stayed depressed afterward …

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  • olloloo

    This article must be wrong.  My understanding (according to our law) is that the fetus doesn’t think or feel anything, until it is born.  Right?

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      what has been scientifically found must be wrong because of arbitrary legal decisions?

    • Redacted

      You are incorrect, only Christian fetuses feel anything before birth. They feel indignant rage that we don’t burn gays at the stake or goose step in the service of our Zombie Lord, HEIL JESUS!

  • olloloo

    This article must be wrong.  My understanding (according to our law) is that the fetus doesn’t think or feel anything, until it is born.  Right?

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    what has been scientifically found must be wrong because of arbitrary legal decisions?

  • Anonymous

    You are incorrect, only Christian fetuses feel anything before birth. They feel indignant rage that we don’t burn gays at the stake or goose step in the service of our Zombie Lord, HEIL JESUS!

  • tooCents

    It must bother a lot of pro-choice people that a fetus can feel anything.

  • Anonymous

    It must bother a lot of pro-choice people that a fetus can feel anything.

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