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Bad Relationship During Pregnancy Can Increase The Risk Of Infection In Both Mother And Child

First Posted: Oct 19, 2016 04:20 AM EDT
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A bad relationship can lead to a stressful pregnancy and can generate higher risk of infectious disease in mother and child
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A new study has found out that pregnant women who are facing a dissatisfaction relationship are at a higher risk of infectious diseases such as ear inflammation and stomach flu. This can also be harmful to their unborn child.

As per a report published by Science Daily, Roger Ekeberg Henriksen, researcher from the University of Bergen in Norway said, "My study does not prove that the first thing leads to the second. But those who report that they are dissatisfied in a relation, report more illness during pregnancy. Their kids are reported to be sicker after the first year."

When it comes to children, the risk and connections are more linked to them than pregnant women. Researchers have identified the occurrence of eight different infectious diseases including common cold, stomach flu and ear inflammation. During the first six months, the children are more prone to such infections, if they were born out of a woman who experiences bad relationship during pregnancy.

Since many years, researchers have focused mainly on psychological factors such as depression and loneliness to be the reason for poor reproductive health. During stressed situations, our immune system is given a lower priority and thus our body becomes less resistant towards infectious diseases such as viruses and bacteria.

According to Yahoo News, Henriksen added that if there is a lot of stress in your life and if you experience a poor relationship, the situation should be given a special consideration. It might be a good opinion of talking to a general practitioner about this problem.

For the research, the team collected the essential data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study - a health study on mothers and their kids since 1999. Nearly 67000 women suffered from infectious diseases due to the weak relationship during pregnancy. Dissatisfaction with your partner is considered to be a risk factor for poor reproductive health.

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