Maternal cortisol in late pregnancy and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal reactivity to psychosocial stress postpartum in women.

@article{Meinlschmidt2010MaternalCI,
  title={Maternal cortisol in late pregnancy and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal reactivity to psychosocial stress postpartum in women.},
  author={Gunther Meinlschmidt and Cyrill Martin and Inga D. Neumann and Markus Heinrichs},
  journal={Stress},
  year={2010},
  volume={13 2},
  pages={163-71}
}
Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) activity is altered postpartum and has been associated with several puerperal disorders. However, little is known about the association of maternal HPA activity during pregnancy with maternal HPA responsiveness to stress after parturition. Within a longitudinal study with an experimental component, we assessed in 22 women the salivary cortisol awakening response (CAR) at the 36th week of gestation and 6 weeks postpartum, as well as pituitary-adrenal and… CONTINUE READING

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