References: Prenatal stress hormones and their effects

These references accompany the article, “Pregnancy stress hormones: How a natural rise in hormone levels may benefit babies and re-program mothers’ brains” Atkinson HC and Waddell BJ. 1995. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in rat pregnancy and lactation: circadian variation and interrelationship of plasma adrenocorticotropin and corticosterone. Endocrinology 136(2):512-20. Bardi M, French JA, Ramirez M, and Brent Read More »

Stress hormones during pregnancy: How a natural rise in hormone levels may benefit babies and re-program mothers’ brains

Natural changes in stress hormones during pregnancy Prolonged, severe stress is bad for pregnancy. And stress hormones are to blame. When stress hormone levels run very high, women are less likely to conceive and more likely to miscarry (Sapolsky 2004; Nepomaschy et al 2006). Babies are more likely to be born prematurely and underweight. They Read More »