A woman crying when pregnant is not something new. In fact, it is a behavior that many women expect. A woman going through pregnancy experiences hormonal changes. This means that the woman can be happy one minute and sad at the next moment. A typical scenario during pregnancy is a woman crying yet cannot recall the reason why she cried in the first place. While crying may not be harmful to the baby, studies have shown that it can affect the baby in certain ways.
- Pregnancy brings with it a host of body changes.
- Body changes can include changes in image as well as changes in emotions.
- Mood swings are caused by the surge of hormones during pregnancy.
- Pregnant women can be easily pleased, angered, and cry.
- Another reason for pregnant women to cry is stress.
- Pregnancy is not an easy stage to go through.
- A woman who is under lot of pressure from family, friends, and work and is without the support needed can suffer from stress and crying.
- Unplanned and unexpected pregnancy as well as the situations that surround it can be a reason for a woman to cry during pregnancy.
- Lastly, crying is one symptom of depression during pregnancy.
- While post-partum blues or depression is common in some women, it has been studied that post-partum depression stems from depression before or during pregnancy.
Crying During Pregnancy Is Bad for Baby
- A little crying when a woman is pregnant is not harmful for the baby.
- Crying caused because of extreme stress has been shown to affect babies and their growth and development in utero.
- Crying because of depression is equally harmful to the baby for many reasons.
- A depressed woman takes poor care of herself which may lead to an unhealthy baby.
- A woman under stress can trigger defense mechanisms in the body which can affect the baby’s health and development in utero.
Does Crying In Pregnant Women Affect Baby?
The answer depends on the reasons why a woman cries during pregnancy.
- Hormonal changes can make a woman cry easily but this is highly unlikely to cause harm to the baby.
- A pregnant woman crying because of stress and extreme anxiety can make the pregnancy risky.
- A pregnant woman who is depressed can harm to the baby.
- Following are the side effects of stress and depression on the unborn child:
- Increased risk for miscarriage.
- Birth defects.
- Premature birth.
- Small-for-date deliveries.
- Poor birth weight.
- Weak babies prone to many complications.
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