Maternal perinatal depression and child neurocognitive development: A relationship still to be clarified

Pregnancy frequently is associated with emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression. Perinatal depression has an incidence of around 12%. Only recently researcher put the attention on the effects of pre- and postpartum psychopathology on infant neurocognitive development. Neurobiology studies indicate that perinatal maternal depression can significantly affect the structure and function of children’s prefrontal cortex and modulate the development of cognitive abilities from intrauterine life. …

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