Our expert says:
There is absolutely no good evidence that something psychological happening to a mother will directly influence the child she is carrying if pregnant at the time. Obviously, if it affects her in the various ways it could, those changes in her mood and behaviour could gradually affect the child over the course of years.
Obviously, too, actual physical damage to the mother ( such as something involving major blood loss or long drop in blod pressure, could affect the physical development of the child ).
During pregnancy the foetus / baby in the womb may be aware of the sound of the mother's heart-beat, for instance, but obviously hasn't any idea what may be happening outside the womb - it can't see what is happening, and even if it magically could, it would have no way of understanding what was oing on.
If you or I see someone waving a gun, we recognize what a gun is and means and what damage it can do - even a born infant cannot understand what it is seeing in such a situation, and thus would not be able to suffer the impact of the sort of fear an adult would.
Obviously, too, the sort of man who would do something so horrible, would probably make a really horrible father in later years, which would be far more influential than a single episode much earlier on.
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