Mother's anxiety and depression and associated risk factors during early pregnancy

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Subtitle: Effects on fetal growth and activity at 2022 weeks of gestation
Author list: Conde A
Publisher: Taylor & Francis: STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles
Publication year: 2010
Volume number: 31
Issue number: 2
Start page: 70
End page: 82
Number of pages: 13
ISSN: 0167-482X
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


To examine effects of mother's anxiety and depression and associated
risk factors during early pregnancy on fetal growth and activity.
Repeated measures of mother's anxiety (State-Anxiety Inventory (STAI-S))
and depression (Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)) and
related socio demographics and substance consumption were obtained at
the 1st and 2nd pregnancy trimesters, and fetus' (N147) biometric data
and behavior was recorded during ultrasound examination at 2022 weeks of
gestation. Higher anxiety symptoms were associated to both lower fetal
growth and higher fetal activity. While lower education, primiparity,
adolescent motherhood, and tobacco consumption predicted lower fetal
growth, coffee intake predicted lower fetal activity. Vulnerability of
fetal development to mother's psychological symptoms as well as to other
sociodemographic and substance consumption risk factors during early
and mid pregnancy is suggested.


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