Child Development Specialist Gökçe Gülen Akçin said, “Babies of stressful pregnant women also open their eyes to the world with stress. Research shows clearly the harmful effects of abuse on pregnant women.

According to neurobiological studies conducted by scientists in America, family conflicts and exposure to violence during pregnancy; It shows that by increasing the stress hormone level of the mother, it can increase cortisol levels by passing to the fetus through the placenta in the mother’s womb, that newborns are born with high levels of stress-related hormones and this will have harmful effects on the child’s long-term, developing body, especially the brain, and the emotional development of the baby can also be affected. .


Child Development Specialist Gökçe Gülen Akçin, who also shared data from a study published in An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said, “According to the research in question, low birth weight, preterm birth and miscarriage and premature complications of the babies of women exposed to violence during pregnancy are much more seems to be high.

Another study published in Washington DC Endocrinology & Metabolism reveals very different findings. It is stated that the stress experienced during the first trimester of pregnancy will affect the microbes in the mother’s vagina, these bacteria will be transferred to the newborn during normal birth and will affect the immune system of the baby, causing serious changes in the intestinal microbiome and brain development. There are also opinions that the altered immune microbiota may be linked to greater risks of neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia and autism, ”he said.


Pointing out that one out of every four women in the world is subjected to violence during pregnancy, Gökçe Gülen Akçin continued her words as follows:

“Poor family function, harsh parental arguments, can affect the baby up to 6 months after birth, the baby faces risks such as physical injury, sleep and eating difficulties, calming more difficult than other babies, post-traumatic stress disorder, delayed cognitive and physical development. Young children of women who are depressed and have a worried state of pregnancy are more likely to have anxiety disorders, aggression, sleep problems, ADHD, insecure attachment, poor self-esteem, impaired cognitive development, withdrawn behavior and poor peer relationships, emotional and behavioral disorders. too much. “

Gökçe Gülen Akçin pointed out that young people up to the age of 19 are also sensitive to these conflicts except infancy and that domestic conflicts constitute a part of the child’s personality, and that domestic violence prevents children from all social interactions both in the present and in the future, and they are at high risk in terms of emotional and behavioral throughout their lives He emphasized that it was an inevitable end.

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