Prenatal stress and fetal activity in humans

David Sandberg, Tiffany M Field, Thomas A. Quetel, Robert Garcia, Marie Rosario

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It is widely acknowledged that pregnancy is a state associated with drastic physiological and psychological changes. The alterations in maternal physiology that are initiated and maintained by pregnancy-related hormone secretions can, for the most part, be interpreted as biological adaptations to the needs of the developing fetus. In certain individuals, however, pregnancy heralds the appearance of significant physiopathology that places both the mother and the fetus at medical risk. Gestational diabetes and hypertension are relatively common examples of such pregnancy-related pathology (Danforth, 1982).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStress and Coping
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781134927500
ISBN (Print)0898595649
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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