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Incorporating Mental Wellness Into Your Daily Life

This is a vital point to understand: That the trauma or stress experienced by the mother can create an environmental press of an epigenetic nature or create an atmosphere that can negatively impact as yet un-conceived child. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. of the Child Trauma Academy has long established that exposure to stress, accident, poor neonatal care, or maternal substance abuse can have severe impact on the developing fetus and create novel brain patterns and sensitivities that later can be manifested in odd or ineffective child behaviors. Perry's research coupled with that of Micah Leshem; Alice Shachar-Dadon; Jay Schulkin and Adele Diamond would clearly warn that trauma can begin through the creation of stressors that are significant in the life of the future mother, or the family functioning and future mom's ability to cope with stressors. An additional factor that complicates the question of when trauma begins is found in individual resilience and adaptability on the part of the mother. Not all experiences are created equal, different people experience the same situations in an idiosyncratic or unique way which challenges the ability to be definitive or absolute in stating at what specific point trauma was initiated. While the specific moment may be unrecognizable there are elements that can exacerbate the impact of trauma on the mother and increase the likelihood of trauma. These are sometimes considered the primary factors of acuity. Those acuity factors are INTENSITY, DURATION, and FREQUENCY. These factors would be the same for the mother as for the fetus or newborn child.

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