Tag Archive: pregnancy

Many Childhood Cancer Survivors Have Uncomplicated Pregnancies, Healthy Babies

Childhood cancer survivors are capable of having healthy babies, according to a study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Associated With Some Adverse Outcomes in Newborns

Antidepressants used during pregnancy may have an impact on newborn health and intensive care admissions, according to a JAMA study.

FA058 – Anatomy of Pregnancy Stress

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the impact of stress during pregnancy, along with post-partum depression, and what to do about it. Listen here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] You can get your free podcast subscription in iTunes. Vote for The Family Anatomy Podcast at Podcast Alley and for the blog at Blogger’s…

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Smoking Mothers Give Birth to Anti-Social Children (Read on!)

On an upcoming episode of Family Anatomy Dr. Brian and I will be discussing the research on stress and pregnancy. One of the points we’ll be making is that alarming and sensational headlines can create unnecessary worry in expectant mothers. A study recently in the journalĀ Development and Psychopathology led to the headline “Smoking During Pregnancy…

Stress and Pregnancy: What about post-partum?

This week, Dr. G has written about the lack of clarity in the pregnancy/stress research, the findings that are more consistent, and he gave some hints about how mothers can reduce stress. But, even though many parents are relieved after the birth of their healthy child, the stress doesn’t disappear in the post-partum period. Probably…

The Effects of Stress During Pregnancy: Third of a Series

Our first article on the effects of stress during pregnancy focused on the complexity and confusion surrounding research in this area. Yesterday, the focus was on a couple of “truths” gleaned from the research. More specifically, the research suggests that intensely stressful events can have a negative impact on pregnancy, while mild to moderate stress…

The Effects of Stress During Pregnancy: Second of a Series

Yesterday, we reviewed the research on the effects of stress on pregnancy. As was mentioned, the results can leave one feeling confused and more stressed! Despite this, there is a general trend in the research that does allow for a some relatively straightforward truths. The main question is, does stress negatively effect pregnancy? The answer…

The Effects of Stress During Pregnancy: First of a Series

There are lots of myths about the effects of stress during pregnancy, but what does the research say?

Does pregnancy make women smarter?

Parents may have a notion that pregnancy and motherhood makes women more forgetful, but the research doesn’t support that conclusion. Professor Helen Christensen, director of the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University, began studying a group of women in 1999. She soon found that there was no link between pregnancy and…

Genetics, environment, and smoking in pregnancy

A study in the January issue of Developmental Psychology examined the long-term effect of prenatal exposure to tobacco. This project was unique in that the researchers also considered the expression of genes affecting the dopamine (a neurotransmitter) system in the brain. The researchers asked preschoolers to complete a task that required “executive control;” the executive…