+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    848
    Thanks
    29
    Thanked
    79
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default Can crying/emotional harm the baby?

    Can crying being emotional everyday all day harm the baby?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    129
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    20
    Reviews
    0
    To be honest, yes I think it does. Crying and constant change of emotions causes stress which can cause a lot of issues with your unborn baby. You need to get your emotions under control for the sake of yourself and most importantly, your unborn baby.

    I have had a very stressful pregnancy and a lot of it has had to do with my partner being away for work and not at home. I've broken down into tears on many occasions and I swear my baby feels it because for the next 2 - 3 days the baby is very quiet... almost like it's too scared to come out and kick even when I try to encourage movement.

    My only advice is find the cause of your changing emotions and fix it, talk about what you're feeling as you may find it easier to speak than bottle it up and deal with it alone. If you feel upset find something to take your mind off whatever it is, read a book, watch telly, do some puzzle books, go on the computer or whatever else there is that you like to do in order to relax. Just remember to stay away from cigarettes and alcohol!

    Best of luck!!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    6,872
    Thanks
    5,195
    Thanked
    3,896
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    In my unprofessional opinion -yes. Happy stress free mums have happy stress free babies.

    But there is a difference in emotionally happy and sad due to hormones and emotionally distressed due to circumstances.

    I believe that the former is fine but the latter can effect the baby.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    19,600
    Thanks
    3,256
    Thanked
    4,044
    Reviews
    8
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 posts
    Maybe - maybe not. I don't think it's good for the mother though. Could be PND?

    I'd want to talk to someone if I was crying all day every day.

    I don't think stressing about how your emotions - which often you can't just snap your fingers and change because you want to - effect your baby is good for you or your baby.

    Smiling and not crying and being 'fine' while crying on the inside isn't exactly healthy either.


  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Boobycino For This Useful Post:

    MuminMind  (02-02-2012)

  6. #5
    Ulysses's Avatar
    Ulysses is offline In the eyes of a child you will see...the world as it should be.
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    1,501
    Thanks
    1,455
    Thanked
    609
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    if it is constant (for more than a few days) then yes it can affect your baby via an excess of cortisol. But in saying that it would have to involve excessive emotional turmoil over long periods to have any real negative effect. Try to avoid to much negativity, but some is unavoidable.

    Good luck with your pregnancy

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    659
    Thanks
    241
    Thanked
    273
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    I think so. My DP and I went through a really bad breakup when I was 14 weeks pregnant with DS1. I was pretty stressed/depressed for the rest of my pregnancy.
    My DS is a wonderful, amazing, smart little boy, but he does get stressed very easily, and I definitely think that my being so stressed out during pregnancy had something to do with it. That's just my opinion though, who knows.
    This time around I'm trying to remain as calm and happy as possible

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    823
    Thanks
    154
    Thanked
    226
    Reviews
    9
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    I cried a lot with both my pregnancies and was very emotional. Both my kids are calm, happy, healthy kids
    You can't do anything to change your emotional state during pregnancy, so I'd stop worrying about it, and focus on things you can control that effect the baby (moderate exercise, eating well, avoiding alcohol) will have a much greater impact on baby's health than you crying!!

    And if you think it is more than just hormones, perhaps mention it to your gp, in case it's ante-natal depression. Hugs to you!

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    1,414
    Thanks
    843
    Thanked
    373
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    I can only talk from my experience but I had a severe car accident at 14 weeks that sent me into quite a depression and cry almost every day with worry. Also after having DD I spent every feed for the first 4-6 weeks screaming at the top of my lungs and crying constantly. It was traumatic for me and dp but DD she was just so relaxed the whole time, happily eating away not appearing anxious etc. She is a very happy content settled baby now so who knows if it affected her. I would recomend seeing the gp though. You deserve to be happy and enjoying your pregnancy and then new baby


 

Similar Threads

  1. Crying baby
    By babyw in forum General Sleeping & Settling Chat
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-08-2012, 07:30
  2. Baby cant breathe when crying !!!
    By Tortie in forum Breathing Issues
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-05-2012, 15:20
  3. Is there any harm if I leave my baby crying for 15 minutes?
    By yyllliu in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 19-12-2011, 15:48

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Fridge-To-Go Australasia
Xmas with a NEW Fridge-to-go Lunch Bag! Fridge-To-Go Australasia
Fridge-to-go 8 hour cooler bags are ideal under the Christmas tree! Now in modern lunch bag designs - fill them with toys and chocolate to make parents and kids happy! Stay super cool and eat healthy and fresh food all summer long!
sales & new stuffsee all
True Fairies
True Fairies is the first interactive website where children can engage and speak with a real fairy through the unique webcam fairy portal. Each session is tailored to the child, and is filled with enchantment and magic.
Visit website to find out more!
featured supporter
Billington Street
For stationery as unique as you are! ♥ Handmade, custom designed stationery for all of life's celebrations
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!