Fetal Origins of Mental Health: The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Hypothesis.

@article{ODonnell2017FetalOO,
  title={Fetal Origins of Mental Health: The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Hypothesis.},
  author={Kieran J. O'Donnell and Michael J. Meaney},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  year={2017},
  volume={174 4},
  pages={319-328}
}
The quality of fetal growth and development predicts the risk for a range of noncommunicable, chronic illnesses. These observations form the basis of the "developmental origins of health and disease" hypothesis, which suggests that the intrauterine signals that compromise fetal growth also act to "program" tissue differentiation in a manner that predisposes to later illness. Fetal growth also predicts the risk for later psychopathology. These findings parallel studies showing that antenatal… CONTINUE READING
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