An essential factor has been highlighted by psychologists and psychiatrists: this is, the quality of the emotional bond which exists between the mother and her child. The love she bears it, the ideas she develops about it, the richness of communication she shares with it, impregnate the foetus’ growing psychism, its cellular memory, outlining the main strengths of the personality that will accompany it throughout life.
Answers to a survey carried out among 500 women, showed that almost a third of them virtually never thought about the child they were carrying. The children they brought into the world were of lower birth weight than average, and suffered more frequent and more serious digestive and nervous disorders than other children. They cried more often, and in the early years of their existence – there has not been enough time as yet to find out the reactions of adolescents and adults – showed difficulty in adapting to others and to life.
THE MOTHERS WERE UNAWARE THAT CHILD’S DEVELOPING PSYCHISM WAS NOURISHED BY THE MOTHER’S OWN FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS AND THAT THE NEED FOR LOVE IS ESSENTIAL EVEN BEFORE BIRTH.
When we undergo stress, our organism, our suprarenal glands in particular, manufacture catecholamines, so-called ‘stress’ hormones, which enable us to cope with the event.
These hormones cross through the placental barrier, flood the foetus, creating in it a physiological condition corresponding to the maternal emotion, but much stronger and much more significant, since the adult has, during his existence, developed defensive reactions that are completely lacking in the infant.
Also, you should know that the mother-to-be has, what Dr. VERNY calls a PROTECTIVE SHIELD FOR HER CHILD: HER LOVE. It can protect against even very bad conditions. Happily, the opposite is also true, and this is where the mother can act positively.
When we are in a state of joy, happiness, wellbeing, our brain secretes endorphines, the ‘happiness hormones’ which, in a pregnant woman, communicate the mother’s relaxed state of mind and joy of living to the child. If the child frequently undergoes these states in the womb, they are memorized and likely to colour the character of the future man or woman.
Source: author Marie-Andrée Bertin, former president O.M.A.E.P. (World Organization of Prenatal Education Associations)