Maternal mental health problems during pregnancy, especially mood and anxiety disorders and symptoms, are common. They not only hinder maternal well-being and health during pregnancy but also are associated with physical and mental health adversities in the offspring. We provide here a review of the studies published between 2017 and 2019, which reported on the associations between maternal mental health problems during pregnancy and child neurocognitive outcomes. We identified eight studies, which reported a mixed pattern of findings. While the balance of evidence favors lack of associations, small sample sizes and heterogeneity in study designs, exposures, outcomes, and covariate adjustments between the studies preclude firm conclusions. The reviewed studies encourage further research filling in the knowledge gaps we identified.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent opinion in endocrine and metabolic research
Pages (from-to)28-38
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • Maternal stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cognition
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Fetal programming
  • 515 Psychology

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