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How Trauma Can Impact a Child in Utero

In-utero trauma is a complex and often overlooked aspect of human development, but its impact can be far-reaching and profound.


As a healer who has dedicated my life to helping adults release in utero trauma imprints held in their their adult nervous systems, I've witnessed firsthand the profound and lasting impact that in-utero and womb healing experiences can have on an individual's mental wellbeing and embodiment.


In this blog post, I'll delve into the science behind this phenomenon and share insights that may help you or your loved ones on the journey towards healing.


The Science of In-Utero Trauma

During pregnancy, a mother's emotional and physical experiences can significantly shape the development of the child's brain in utero. Studies have shown that exposure to high levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, can profoundly influence the way a baby's brain and nervous system are wired.


According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, children whose mothers experienced high levels of stress during pregnancy were more likely to develop behavioural and emotional problems, as well as increased risk of mental health disorders later in life.


Interestingly, research has also revealed that the timing of the in-utero trauma can have varying effects. A study in the journal Biological Psychiatry found that trauma experienced during the first trimester was linked to an increased risk of schizophrenia, while trauma in the second and third trimesters was associated with higher rates of depression and anxiety.



How In Utero Trauma Impacts the Nervous System

The nervous system is the central command center of the body, responsible for everything from our emotions and behaviours to our physical sensations. When we experience trauma in utero, this delicate system can become dysregulated, leading to a wide range of health challenges later in life, including dissociation, PTSD and chronic health conditions.


One of the most common manifestations of in-utero trauma is the development of a hypervigilant or "on-edge" nervous system. This can result in heightened anxiety, difficulty regulating emotions, and a constant state of stress or fear, even in the absence of an apparent threat.


Additionally, research has shown that in-utero trauma can disrupt the development of the vagus nerve, which plays a crucial role in the body's stress response and overall regulation of the nervous system. This can lead to issues such as chronic fatigue, digestive problems, and difficulty with social engagement and emotional connection.



Healing the Wounds of In-Utero Trauma

The good news is that the effects of in-utero trauma are not set in stone. With deep enough healing, it is possible to rewire the nervous system and resolve the root causes of nervous system dysfunction.


As a healer, I use my unique, trauma focused approach to somatic and energy work to help my clients release the deep-seated trauma held within their bodies, including in utero imprints which are often vague and difficult to feel and heal without a space holder.


It's important to note that the healing journey is unique to each individual, and it takes courage and patience to unravel the complex layers of in-utero trauma. Typically, 3-5 sessions.


If you or a loved one are struggling with the effects of in-utero trauma please reach out.


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