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Posted by: Sarah | 2011/02/07

Womb question

If something really bad has happened to a person's mother when that person was still in his / her mother's womb, could it have a negative effect on the person (in the womb''s) life after that?

I'm talking about something serious, like the father putting a gun to the mother's head and threatening to pull the trigger when the mother was approximately 7 months pregnant. Can something like this affect the baby in a negative manner? What exactly can a baby feel and hear at that stage, 7 tot 8 months pregnant?

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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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Posted by: Sam | 2011/02/07

Have no idea what the baby feels but the mother must have been petrified. l hope that the mother has laid charges and has no further contact with the father. Events described above will definately have serious consequences for the child to be born into and growing up in such an enviroment.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2011/02/07

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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