Pregnant Moms Who Experience Stress During Pregnancy Can Have Children With Prematurely Aged Cells, Concludes A New Study.
Pregnant moms who experience stress during pregnancy can have children with prematurely aged cells, concludes a new study.
Pregnant moms who experience stress during pregnancy can have children with prematurely aged cells, concludes a new Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study. For the study, researchers looked at 94 "young adults" -- all were 25 years old when their telomeres were read. Those whose moms were stressed during pregnancy had shorter telomeres. Telomeres are "the protein caps that prevent chromosome tips from fraying when cells divide." (Wired.com) Telomere shortening is linked to both a shorter lifespan and chronic disease risk.
White blood cells of prenatally stressed adults “had aged the equivalent of approximately 3.5 additional years,” wrote researchers led by University of California, Irvine fetal development specialists Pathik Wadhwa and Sonja Entringer.The following finding was very interesting: "The extra 3.5 years of white blood cell aging in prenatally stressed people hides a gender difference: In women, prenatally stressed telomeres were shorter by the equivalent of about 5 years’ wear and tear." Researchers aren't sure whether the shortened telomeres cause problems or whether they simply make the problems known. Still, the bottom line remains the same: Do what you can to eliminate or minimize as much stress as possible during pregnancy. More on stress and pregnancy Another reason to stop stressing during pregnancy Easy ideas for reducing stress during pregnancy Healthy ways of managing stress during pregnancy