Doctors blocked their one eyes to "feel what it means to lose eye sight". (KL Images: Bilal Bahadur)
Doctors blocked their one eyes to “feel what it means to lose eye sight”. (KL Images: Bilal Bahadur)

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Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) said the unrest in Kashmir exposes pregnant women to considerable stress that puts their unborn babies at significant risk. The unrest increases maternal stress and this has been significantly associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Mothers who are stressed out in pregnancy transmit the damaging effects of stress to their unborn babies.

“One of the times when we are most susceptible to the influences of our surrounding environment is when we are developing as a fetus in our mother’s womb,” the statement said.

Studies have described a significant relationship between low birth weight and premature babies to maternal stress caused by exposure to civil unrest.

Babies born too soon or too small are at increased risk of health problems.

Miscarriages are on the rise in Kashmir and environmental stress has been linked to this unexplained pregnancy loss.

Stress hormones activated by maternal stress have the potential to affect child’s brain development and future behavior.

Research found that babies exposed to high levels of stress hormones while in the womb had low intelligence quotient (IQ).

There are clear evidences that children with behavioral problems are more likely to have their mothers under stress during pregnancy.

Series of studies have revealed a higher risk of hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders among children of stressed mothers.

With clampdown and restrictions, women in Kashmir are forced to go without prenatal care even when complications arise.

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