Updated: May 24, 2020
I'm a huge fan of Dr. Gabor Mate, the books he's written and the interviews he's done via YouTube. He is a Hungarian born Canadian physician and author. He has a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development and trauma, and their potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health, including on autoimmune disease, cancer ADHD, addictions, and a wide range of other conditions. I a video I was listening to recently I overheard him talking about how the stress that the mother is in during the time of pregnancy and how it impacts the infant in the womb. I went back and transcribed a bit of it to share here. I found it to be a short by powerful piece of info. Hope you do too.
The architecture of the brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues through adulthood.
Which means and we know this from multiple studies internationally that the emotional state of the mother while she's carrying the child is already affecting the brain development of the child. The more stressed women are the more the stress hormones are affecting the baby and the more stressed women are the more that affects the nervous system of the baby in the uterus.
So when the mothers are stressed...not the love the women have for the child, not whether or not they do their best, or how devoted they are, none of that is in the question. What is in the question is the stress that women are living under. The more stress you put a pregnant mother under the more negatively the child's brain development.
For years people have thought of adoption as the gold standard of genetic studies because the idea is that if you take identical twins and you separate them at birth they are brought up in different families. You can tell what is environment and what is genetic. Everything that they have the same is genetic and everything that is different has to be environmental, right?
However, the assumption is that these twins are growing up in different environments. However, they don't. They grow up for 9 months in the same uterus.
Any woman who is gonna give up a baby for adoption is by definition stressed.
Gabor Mate - Hungarian born Canadian physician and author. He has a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development and trauma, and their potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health, including on autoimmune disease, cancer ADHD, addictions, and a wide range of other conditions.