We’ve all heard that a mother’s stress is bad for the baby, and now a new study offers more evidence in support of this claim. Research from The Ohio State University found in a mouse study that prenatal exposure to stress changed a mother’s gut bacteria, and contributed to lifelong anxiety and cognitive problems in her offspring.
The research, presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, revealed that female mice exposed to stress during their pregnancy showed notable changes in the makeup of the bacteria in their gut and placenta. These changes were also seen in the intestinal tracts of their female offspring. In addition, female offspring of stressed mouse mothers showed signs of stress and anxiety, and compromised cognitive health, compared to offspring of mice that were not stressed during their pregnancy. The results help to reveal the role that gut bacteria play in not only our own health, but also that of our offspring.
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