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Can stress during pregnancy lead to possible personality disorders in your child?
The Doctors discuss a study from the British Journal of Psychiatry, which suggests that women who experience stress while pregnant were possibly up to 10 times more likely to have a child with a personality disorder.
The Doctors note that chronic stress can lead to elevated cortisol levels, which can cause inflammation, high blood pressure and even depression, which then could adversely affect the mother's baby. OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry says she likes the study but hopes there is further research done on the issue, as the study did not account for things like childhood trauma and financial issues, and how they might impact the development of a personality disorder in children.
Psychologist Dr. Kelly Donohoe encourages expecting moms to not stress about stress. She encourages pregnant moms to continue doing things they love while they are expecting and still practice their best self-care practices. She also says to ask for any support or help you might need during your pregnancy, either from your support system or a professional.