Mother’s Depression May Have a Negative Impact on the Development of her Newborn’s Brain

According to a recent study, high level of depression in expectant women may have a negative impact on the development of their newborn's brain. Magnetic resonance imaging scans of the amygdala during fetal development showed a significant reduction of the neural connections in the brain of infants whose mothers were severely depressed during pregnancy.

Located in the brain's medial temporal lobe, the amygdala is a set of neurons that plays an essential role in the formation and storage of memories in relation with emotional events. 

 

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