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Study finds that shouting around pregnant woman could impact their baby’s hearing

New research has highlighted the impact raised voices can have around a pregnant woman and her unborn baby.

Scientists at the Kochi Medical School in Japan found that a baby is at an increased risk of being born with hearing problems if there has been verbal abuse around them while they were in the womb.

Shouting during pregnancy might impact your baby’s hearing

Study finds that shouting around pregnant woman could impact their baby’s hearing
Babies are at an increased risk of being born with hearing problems if there has been verbal abuse around them. Source: Unsplash

Experts found that if a pregnant woman has been subjected to shouting or verbal abuse by a partner, it can trigger a neuroendocrine change, which decreases blood flow to the uterus.

This could also cause intrauterine growth restriction as well as cause damage to the development of a baby’s hearing.

Researchers believe that verbal abuse during pregnancy is also more likely to cause a women to develop postnatal depression.

Study finds that shouting around pregnant woman could impact their baby’s hearing
Verbal abuse during pregnancy is also more likely to cause a women to develop postnatal depression. Source: Unsplash

“Maternal stress induced by verbal abuse from an intimate partner may have a negative impact on the maturation of fetal auditory function,” said the study’s notes.

“Although verbal abuse is often considered to be not as severe as physical abuse because it does not leave visible injuries, our findings suggest that verbal abuse can have major negative effects on newborn auditory function and development.

“Therefore, efforts are needed to reduce the incidence of verbal abuse during pregnancy to prevent delayed auditory maturation in newborns.”

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Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.