About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Maternal Depression Affects Child's Brain Development

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on November 26, 2016 at 6:15 PM
Font : A-A+

 Maternal Depression Affects Child's Brain Development

18% of women experience depression some time during pregnancy, and both peri-natal and post-partum depression have been associated with negative outcomes in children.

Depressive symptoms in women during and after pregnancy are linked to reduced thickness of the cortex - the outer layer of the brain responsible for complex thought and behavior - in preschool-age kids, says a new study.

Advertisement


"Our findings underscore the importance of monitoring and supporting mental health in mothers not just in the post-partum period, but also during pregnancy," said lead researcher Catherine Lebel of the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

The findings, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, suggest that a mother's mood may affect her child's brain development at critical stages in life.
Advertisement

For the study, the researchers screened 52 women for depressive symptoms during each trimester of pregnancy and a few months after the child was born.

The women ranged in the presence of symptoms, some with no or few symptoms, and some meeting the screening criteria for depression.

When the children reached about 2.5 to five years of age, the researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure their brain structure.

Women with higher depressive symptoms tended to have children with thinner frontal and temporal areas, cortical regions implicated in tasks involving inhibition and attention control.

The researchers also found an association between depressive symptoms and abnormal white matter in the frontal area, the fiber tracts connecting the region to other areas in the brain.

These associations were only found when symptoms occurred during the second trimester and post-partum, suggesting these periods are particularly critical times for child brain development.

Abnormalities in brain structure during critical periods in development have often been associated with negative outcomes, such as learning disabilities and behavioral disorders, the researchers said.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test  Your Knowledge on Heart
Test Your Knowlege on Genes
Obesity in Teens Make Inroads into Early Atrial Fibrillation
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Adolescence Depression Depression Parkinsons Disease Parkinsons Disease Surgical Treatment Stress Relief Through Alternative Medicine Andropause / Male Menopause Pregnancy and Complications Brain Brain Facts Bereavement 

Most Popular on Medindia

Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Vent Forte (Theophylline) Indian Medical Journals Color Blindness Calculator Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Blood Donation - Recipients Noscaphene (Noscapine) Diaphragmatic Hernia Blood Pressure Calculator Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Maternal Depression Affects Child's Brain Development Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests