Stress in pregnancy may affect biological clock child’

Stress in pregnancy may affect biological clock child’

The stress that some mothers during pregnancy to experience, would, according to the researchers can influence the biological clock of the unborn child. You may get the child to do with premature aging.

That is, in a survey by the Central Institute of Mental Health of the University of Heidelberg in Germany that is published in Neuropsychopharmacology.

To the investigation, 319 newborn babies and 318 mothers. The mothers were given a questionnaire about their lifestyle and the amount of stress that they experienced. Also, they were asked if they have a mental disorder, had, or had in the past had.

The study showed that the children of mothers who during the pregnancy stressklachten had a disturbed biological clock. The children of mothers who have all their lives to mental disorders, and lead, were no disturbances in the biological clock.

It was also found that the effect of the stress on the mother has less influence on the development of girls than of boys.


The influence of stress on aging of a human may be determined by the telomeres to measure. Telomeres are pieces of DNA during cell divisions may be shortened. As people age, shorten the telomoren in the DNA, making it as an indication of the biological clock.

By the length of the telomeres (TL) to measure, researchers can measure the extent to which the biological ageing has occurred as a result of the stress that a pregnant woman has experienced during the pregnancy.

What the exact consequences of short telomeres for health at a later age, is not yet known. “But our findings underline the need to support women who have an increased risk of stress during pregnancy,” said one of the researchers.

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