Happy New Year!  We are not even three weeks into January, and it promises to be a busy year.  At the top of the list is the study from Cantarutti and colleagues which observed that depression in itself, rather than antidepressant medication, might increase risk for preterm birth and low birth weight.

There are also several articles looking at the effects of early childhood adversity in the mother and how this experience can lead to worse pregnancy outcomes and parenting problems.

Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD


Is the Risk of Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight Affected by the Use of Antidepressant Agents during Pregnancy? A Population-Based Investigation.

Cantarutti A, Merlino L, Monzani E, Giaquinto C, Corrao G.  PLoS One. 2016 Dec 15;11(12):e0168115.  Free Article


Major malformation risk, pregnancy outcomes, and neurodevelopmental outcomes associated with metformin use during pregnancy.

Andrade C.  J Clin Psychiatry. 2016 Apr;77(4):e411-4.  Free Article


Promoting improved social support and quality of life with the CenteringPregnancy group model of prenatal care.

Chae SY, Chae MH, Kandula S, Winter RO.  Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print]


Menarche, menstrual problems and suicidal behavior in Chinese adolescents.

Chen H, Wang XT, Bo QG, Zhang DM, Qi ZB, Liu X, Jia CX.  J Affect Disord. 2017 Feb;209:53-58.


Preconception personality disorder and antenatal maternal mental health: A population-based cohort study.

Hudson C, Spry E, Borschmann R, Becker D, Moran P, Olsson C, Coffey C, Romaniuk H, Bayer JK, Patton GC.  J Affect Disord. 2017 Feb;209:169-176.


Maternal early-life trauma and affective parenting style: the mediating role of HPA-axis function.

Juul SH, Hendrix C, Robinson B, Stowe ZN, Newport DJ, Brennan PA, Johnson KC.

Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Feb;19(1):17-23.



Beeghly M, Partridge T, Tronick E, Muzik M, Rahimian Mashhadi M, Boeve JL, Irwin JL.

Infant Ment Health J. 2017 Jan;38(1):53-67.


Family Social Support Modifies the Relationships Between Childhood Maltreatment Severity, Economic Adversity and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms.

Muzik M, Umarji R, Sexton MB, Davis MT.

Matern Child Health J. 2016 Dec 27.


Early Childhood Adversity and Pregnancy Outcomes.

Smith MV, Gotman N, Yonkers KA.  Matern Child Health J. 2016 Apr;20(4):790-8. Free Article


Obsessive-compulsive disorder in pregnancy and the postpartum period: course of illness and obstetrical outcome.

House SJ, Tripathi SP, Knight BT, Morris N, Newport DJ, Stowe ZN.  Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Feb;19(1):3-10.


Affect recognition and the quality of mother-infant interaction: understanding parenting difficulties in mothers with schizophrenia.

Healy SJ, Lewin J, Butler S, Vaillancourt K, Seth-Smith F.  Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Feb;19(1):113-24.


Maternal perinatal mental health and offspring academic achievement at age 16: the mediating role of childhood executive function.

Pearson RM, Bornstein MH, Cordero M, Scerif G, Mahedy L, Evans J, Abioye A, Stein A.

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2016 Apr;57(4):491-501.  Free Article


One-Year Developmental Outcomes for Infants of Mothers With Bipolar Disorder.

Santucci AK, Singer LT, Wisniewski SR, Luther JF, Eng HF, Sit DK, Wisner KL.  J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 Jan 3.


Risk factors for suicide attempt in pregnancy and the post-partum period in women with serious mental illnesses.

Gressier F, Guillard V, Cazas O, Falissard B, Glangeaud-Freudenthal NM, Sutter-Dallay AL.

J Psychiatr Res. 2017 Jan;84:284-291.


Reliability and validity of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) for detecting perinatal common mental disorders (PCMDs) among women in low-and lower-middle-income countries: a systematic review.

Shrestha SD, Pradhan R, Tran TD, Gualano RC, Fisher JR.  BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 Apr 4;16:72. Review.  Free Article


Perinatal nutrition interventions and post-partum depressive symptoms.

Gould JF, Best K, Makrides M.  J Affect Disord. 2016 Dec 18. Review.


Coparenting Behaviors as Mediators between Postpartum Parental Depressive Symptoms and Toddler’s Symptoms.

Tissot H, Favez N, Frascarolo F, Despland JN.  Front Psychol. 2016 Dec 5;7:1912. doi:   Free Article


Prediction of perinatal depression from adolescence and before conception (VIHCS): 20-year prospective cohort study.

Patton GC, Romaniuk H, Spry E, Coffey C, Olsson C, Doyle LW, Oats J, Hearps S, Carlin JB, Brown S.  Lancet. 2015 Aug 29;386(9996):875-83.


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