Addiction Could Be Linked to Hunger

Babies born to mothers who lived through famine in their trimester of pregnancy are likely to suffer from addiction and also psychiatric disorders. Mothers who suffer from hunger during their pregnancy can deliver babies who can have mental problems and get addicted to alcohol. This was observed in study that appeared in the journal Addiction where research was conducted on Dutch babies born during 1944 to 1947.

How Does Hunger Cause Addiction?
Much research had earlier been conducted on prenatal exposure to famine and related psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure which appeared later in life. But now, mothers facing famine during their trimester of pregnancy has been highlighted. The focus has been on residents living in Rotterdam between mid-October 1944 to mid- May 1945 who lived through the “Dutch winter hunger” days during World War II. (source)

Research has shown that if the brain does not develop at the normal pace while the child is still in the womb, it would cause neuro-development abnormalities, which can lead to addiction.(source) Mothers who face hunger during pregnancy can have such pregnancy related problems. Antisocial behavior is also linked up to famine faced during the trimester of pregnancy. The first trimester is play an important role in the development process of the human brain.

Hunger pangs may be there, but that does not stop mothers from delivering their child. Poverty can be major factor for mothers to remain hungry. A pregnant woman should be properly nourished. Her food intake should be right in order for a healthy baby to be born. This may not be possible in all cases. Economic constraints deprive many mothers of adequate nutrition. The Dutch example proves how important it is for pregnant mothers to be well fed.

It is quite evident that childhood experiences, in fact, even going back to the womb stage can decide upon the addictive patterns of a person. A person can get addicted to alcohol due to the setback he or she had while be being born, and not necessarily due to his own doing.

Hunger can cause addiction and psychiatric disorders if a pregnant mother experiences it in her first trimester of pregnancy. Pregnancy is a crucial stage of healthy development of the child and adequate nutrition should be ensured to the expectant mother. Any kind of deprivation on this front can lead to health problems in the future.

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