London: Besides food and oxygen, mothers also pass fleeting sadness or happiness to their unborn babies, claims a study. To reach the conclusion, Kazuyuki Shinohara and colleagues at Nagasaki University in Japan showed 10 pregnant volunteers a cheery 5-minute clip from the musical The Sound of Music. And another 14 watched an emotional 5-minute clip from The Champ, in which a boy cries at the death of his father. Each clip was sandwiched between two "neutral" samples so that the team could measure any changes in fetal movements against a baseline, reports New Scientist.
Shinohara concluded that while it was unclear what makes the unborn child of a happy mother "wave," he suggests that sadness releases more of the "fight or flight" hormone epinephrine (adrenalin), which redirects blood away from the uterus and prepares muscles for exertion. The study has been published in the Journal of Physiological Sciences. (ANI)
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