Maternal depression and psychotropic medication effects on the human fetus.

@article{Emory2006MaternalDA,
  title={Maternal depression and psychotropic medication effects on the human fetus.},
  author={Eugene K. Emory and John N I Dieter},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={2006},
  volume={1094},
  pages={287-91}
}
Ultrasound studies examined fetuses of depressed and nondepressed mothers. Fetuses of depressed mothers were more active during mid-gestation and exhibited lower baseline heart rate and moved less during late-term vibratory stimulation. Mid-gestation heightened activity and late-term diminished responsivity may be a prenatal manifestation of the "general adaptation syndrome." Color Doppler technology measured blood flow velocity in the middle cerebral artery of fetuses whose mothers were… CONTINUE READING
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