Toxic people affect babies, too.
Previously reported, on Saturday, Dec. 17, Rob Kardashian, 29, appeared to make a plea for help, after alleging that his soon-to-be wife, Blac Chyna, 28, had left him and taken their newborn baby girl, Dream.
“I thought this was going to be the best year of my life … had a beautiful baby Dream and haven’t spent Christmas with family in years and I just can’t believe she really hurt me this way,” he wrote alongside a since deleted video clip, providing fans with a pan-view of a deserted nursery he claimed the model had cleaned out.
Meanwhile, Chyna offered a different story, claiming to have reached her breaking point after suffering through severe stress during her pregnancy. “I’M DONE!” she wrote via Instagram. “This entire year I have done nothing but help Rob! It’s so SAD & PATHETIC how low he’d stoop to cover up HIS PERSONAL ISSUES!”
“I have done nothing but help and loved him from the beginning! It’s Chy here I got my own!!! I was doing swell before I got with him!” added Chyna. “Rob asked for all of this! Rob begged me to have Dream! He stressed me out my ENTIRE PREGNANCY!!! Accusing me of cheating, going crazy on me with massive text blast daily! being an absolute lunatic and then cover it up with gifts! I was verbally abused every other day. I was still there with nothing but high hopes for us!”
Just yesterday, new reports claimed that the argument went to blows long before its debut on social media — and Chyna was the aggressor. According to E! News, the on-again, off-again couple had a fight that turned physical prior to Chyna’s exit. Chyna allegedly punched Rob in “his back and arms and was in a drunken rage,” a source told the entertainment news source, adding that Corey Gamble — Kris Jenner’s longtime boyfriend — walked in on the altercation and “ripped Chyna off of Rob.”
Though it appears the pair have since made amends, their baby girl Dream is stuck in the middle. Just over a month old, we have to ask ourselves, how is Rob and Chyna’s toxic romance impacting their child? “It’s really sad for Dream,” an insider tells People. “She is going to be with her mom, but of course Rob wants to be with her too.”
As for the root of constant contention, another source previously told People, it comes from Kardashian, who “lashes out at Chyna over ridiculous stuff.” Of course, the back-and-forth doesn’t bode well for their daughter. “It’s just not a healthy situation for her parents to be fighting constantly,” the insider continued — and right they are.
While this certainly isn’t the first time we’ve watched a custody battle unfold on social media — ahem, Future and Clara — neither party seems to have considered the damage they’re doing to their child. Sure, Dream is a newborn, but that doesn’t negate the fact that children are like sponges and there’s a small but convincing body of evidence suggesting that beyond a child’s disposition, a parent’s stress level can affect their very makeup, including the risk of addiction and disorders like ADHD and autism.
In 2009, research discovered links between high levels of stress (termed antenatal stress) and the risk for autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and ADHD. Other studies found that environmental factors (in utero) may also be a contributing factor. One cause for alarm appears to be levels of the stress hormone cortisol triggering the fetus’ brain to develop differently as it tries to adapt to the apparent impending “threats.” — i.e. physical altercations.
As for the risk the couple’s toxic relationship currently places their daughter in, one study in 2011 stated that when children are exposed to parent “adversity during the adolescents’ infancy and preschool periods,” some of their genes – involved in insulin production and brain development – were affected even years later, in adolescence.
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