Journal article

Trans-generational stress regulation: Mother-infant cortisol and maternal mental health across the perinatal period.

Megan Galbally, Elisabeth FC van Rossum, Stuart J Watson, Edo Ronald de Kloet, Andrew J Lewis

Psychoneuroendocrinology | Published : 2019

Abstract

Understanding maternal mental health and cortisol regulation across pregnancy and the relationship to the development of the offspring's stress regulation is critical to a range of health outcomes. The aim of this study was to investigate infant and maternal cortisol in women with depression. Data were obtained from 241 pregnant women within the Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study (MPEWS), a selected pregnancy cohort study. Depression was measured using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID-IV) and repeat Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). Repeated measures of antidepressant use, stressful events, anxiety symptoms and maternal hair cortisol concentrations (HC..

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