Prenatal depression effects on the fetus and neonate

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This chapter shows that maternal depression has a negative effect on infant behaviour and physiology, even during the prenatal period. Prenatal depression effects include excessive activity in the fetus and unresponsive behaviour, low activity levels, indeterminate sleep, low vagal tone, and atypical patterns of frontal electroencephalography activation in the newborn. The chapter also highlights the need for early identification and intervention for prenatal depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmotional Development
Subtitle of host publicationRecent Research Advances
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191689567
ISBN (Print)9780198528845
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Infant behaviour
  • Infant physiology
  • Maternal depression
  • Prenatal depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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