Scientists have claimed that verbal abuse during a pregnancy can cause problems for the unborn child
When someone is expecting a baby, it’s only natural you’ll want to take care of them and make sure they’re comfy and in good health at all times.
But it turns out you should also make sure you’re keeping the volume of your voice in check at all times and not getting into a yelling match with them.
Not only is the stress that comes with an argument bad for a pregnant woman, but scientists have just revealed that shouting at them could actually cause major problems for the unborn baby in the future.
According to researchers from the Kochi Medical School in Japan, fathers-to-be who shout at their expectant partner might be damaging the hearing of their child.
Their study found that verbal abuse during pregnancy is linked to an almost 50 percent increase in the risk of a baby being born with hearing problems.
One of their theories to explain why this may be, is that loud voices, not belonging to the mother cause discomfort to the foetus.
This discomfort in turn hinders the baby’s development of the hearing system.
Experts also believe that verbal abuse during pregnancy is more likely to cause a woman to experience postnatal depression than physical and sexual violence during pregnancy.
And it can also impact the incidence of maternal abuse behaviour towards children.
In addition children aged 12 months and above who are exposed to verbal abuse are were found to be more likely to experience issues with auditory function.
Further research into the topic is currently being conducted by the team as part of the Japan Environment and Children’s Study.
It aims to determine environmental factors during and after pregnancy which affect the development, health or wellbeing of children.
During this particular area of the study, researchers concluded that “verbal abuse should be avoided during pregnancy to preserve the newborn’s auditory function