In women facing mental or physical stress during their pregnancy, there are more chances of preterm birth, and less probability that they will have a baby boy, says the recent research.
Catherine Monk, the Lead Author of this study, stated, “The mother’s womb is a significant first home. It is known that male babies are more vulnerable in the womb, and presumably, the stress in these pregnant females is a persistent one.” While the general birth ratio is 105 males per 100 females, the latest research highlights that in females dealing with physical stress or higher blood pressure, this ratio turned out to be 4 males per 9 females (4:9). Moreover, this ratio was shifted to 2 males for every 3 females (2:3) in mothers who are going through psychological stress.
Monk stated, “Other scientists have observed this pattern of a decline in the male births linked to traumatic cataclysmic occurrences. One of them being the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and the other being President Kennedy’s assassination.” The research pointed out the possibility of giving premature birth in physically stressed moms-to-be when compared to the unstressed mothers. Conversely, there were more cases of birth complications, including longer labor, in pregnant women with mental stress as compared to mothers with physical stress. While highlighting the surprising finding of this research, Monk stated that there was zero probability of premature birth in pregnant women with social support, which includes having someone to talk and share their issues to seek assistance.
On a similar note, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent report highlighted that approximately two-thirds of moms-to-be and their babies in the U.S. are at risk as they are not vaccinated against whooping cough and flu. In this week’s news briefing, Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s Principal Deputy Director, stated, “Pertussis (or whooping cough) and Influenza are critical infections that can be lethal for babies, specifically those who are too little to be vaccinated directly.”