A Literature Review: The Effects of Maternal Stress in Pregnancy on Sensory Integration in Children
This article reviews existing research on how a pregnant mother's mental health status, stress level, and temperament affect her unborn baby's sensory processing abilities. After a brief introduction to sensory integration and sensory processing, research on how scientists learn about the fetus' developing nervous system by observing his/her behavior is presented. Maternal temperament and increased stress during pregnancy often impact temperament and developmental delay. This appears to negatively impact the unborn baby's physical, cognitive, self-regulation, and sensory processing abilities. An unhealthy maternal mental state negatively affects the unborn child's development. This stress during pregnancy appears to negatively impact the baby's cognitive and physical development and self-regulation abilities.
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