Postnatal disappearance of the pregnancy-associated reduced sensitivity of plasma cortisol to feedback inhibition.


We recently observed that the characteristic insensitivity of the pituitary-adrenal system in women to feedback inhibition during pregnancy persists for at least four days postnatally. We therefore examined women during the first five weeks after delivery to assess when the sensitivity of plasma cortisol to glucocorticoid inhibition returns to normal… (More)