Prenatal stress, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, and fetal and infant neurobehaviour.

@article{Austin2005PrenatalST,
  title={Prenatal stress, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, and fetal and infant neurobehaviour.},
  author={Marie-Paule Austin and Leo R Leader and Nicole Reilly},
  journal={Early human development},
  year={2005},
  volume={81 11},
  pages={917-26}
}
BACKGROUND Although it has long been acknowledged that chronic HPA axis dysregulation impacts on adult neural function, little attention has been paid to the impact that disturbances of the maternal HPA axis may have on the developing fetal brain. AIM This editorial examines the associations between prenatal stress, neuroendocrine functioning, and behavioural outcome in both animal and human offspring, with a particular focus on the relationship between prenatal stress and human fetal and… CONTINUE READING