Hormone interactions regulating energy balance during pregnancy.

  title={Hormone interactions regulating energy balance during pregnancy.},
  author={S R Ladyman and Rachael A Augustine and David R Grattan},
  journal={Journal of neuroendocrinology},
  volume={22 7},
Appetite and food intake are increased during pregnancy, comprising an adaptive response that facilitates energy storage in preparation for the high metabolic demands of pregnancy and subsequent lactation. To maintain the increased energy intake in the face of increased adiposity and rising leptin levels, pregnant females become resistant to the central anorectic actions of leptin. In rats, pregnancy-induced leptin resistance is characterised by elevated neuropeptide Y and reduced pro… CONTINUE READING