Prenatal stress changes brain connectivity in-utero

Prenatal stress changes brain connectivity in-utero

March 26, 2018 - Boston - The time babies spend in the womb is far from idle. The brain is changing more rapidly during this time than at any other time in development. It is an active time for the fetus to grow and explore, and of course connect to its mother. And new evidence from in-utero fetal brain scans shows, for the first time, that this connection directly affects brain development: A mother's stress during pregnancy changes neural connectivity in the brain of her unborn child. "It has long been thought that the stress of a mother during her...

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