Next week we will be reviewing two important articles which look at the effects of maternal depression on the developing brain of the child: one from Posner and colleagues and another from Lebel and colleagues.  

This week, there were also a few interesting articles on the association between poor sleep quality and depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period.  One of them is summarized here.

Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD


Alterations in amygdala-prefrontal circuits in infants exposed to prenatal maternal depression.

Posner J, Cha J, Roy AK, Peterson BS, Bansal R, Gustafsson HC, Raffanello E, Gingrich J, Monk C.  Transl Psychiatry. 2016 Nov 1;6(11):e935.


Prepartum and Postpartum Maternal Depressive Symptoms Are Related to Children’s Brain Structure in Preschool.

Lebel C, Walton M, Letourneau N, Giesbrecht GF, Kaplan BJ, Dewey D.  Biol Psychiatry. 2016: 80(11):  859–868.


Maternal and paternal sleep during pregnancy in the Child-Sleep birth cohort.

Paavonen EJ, et al.  Sleep Med 2016.


Sleep quality during pregnancy: Associations with depressive and anxiety symptoms.  

Polo-Kantola P, Aukia L, Karlsson H, Karlsson L, Paavonen EJ. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2016 Nov 12.


Oxytocin, Postnatal Depression, and Parenting: A Systematic Review.

Mah BL.  Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2016 Jan-Feb;24(1):1-13.


Polycystic ovary syndrome and mental disorders: a systematic review and exploratory meta-analysis.

Blay SL, Aguiar JV, Passos IC.  Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2016 Nov 8;12:2895-2903. Review.  Free Article


Antenatal Stressful Life Events and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms in the United States: The Role of Women’s Socioeconomic Status Indices at the State Level.

Mukherjee S, Coxe S, Fennie K, Madhivanan P, Trepka MJ.  J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 Nov 22. [Epub ahead of print]


Associated symptoms of depression: patterns of change during pregnancy.

Amiel Castro RT, Pinard Anderman C, Glover V, O’Connor TG, Ehlert U, Kammerer M.

Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Nov 22. [Epub ahead of print]


Implications of Preterm Birth for Maternal Mental Health and Infant Development.

Anderson C, Cacola P.  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2016 Nov 22. [Epub ahead of print]


Maternal postpartum depressive symptoms predict delay in non-verbal communication in 14-month-old infants.

Kawai E, Takagai S, Takei N, Itoh H, Kanayama N, Tsuchiya KJ; HBC Study Team..

Infant Behav Dev. 2016 Nov 18;46:33-45.


The impact of education, country, race and ethnicity on the self-report of postpartum depression using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.

Di Florio A, Putnam K, Altemus M, Apter G, Bergink V, Bilszta J, Brock R, Buist A, Deligiannidis KM, Devouche E, Epperson CN, Guille C, Kim D, Lichtenstein P, Magnusson PK, Martinez P, Munk-Olsen T, Newport J, Payne J, Penninx BW, O’Hara M, Robertson-Blackmore E, Roza SJ, Sharkey KM, Stuart S, Tiemeier H, Viktorin A, Schmidt PJ, Sullivan PF, Stowe ZN, Wisner KL, Jones I, Rubinow DR, Meltzer-Brody S.  Psychol Med. 2016 Nov 21:1-13. [Epub ahead of print]


The Influence of Cyclic Hormonal Contraception on Expression of Premenstrual Syndrome.

Yonkers KA, Cameron B, Gueorguieva R, Altemus M, Kornstein SG.  J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print]


Partner Disengagement from Pregnancy and Adverse Maternal and Infant Outcomes.

Urquia ML, Pulver A, Heaman MI, Ray JG, Daoud N, O’Campo P. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 Nov 18. [Epub ahead of print]


Hostile parenting, parental psychopathology, and depressive symptoms in the offspring: a 32-year follow-up in the Young Finns study.

Gluschkoff K, Keltikangas-Järvinen L, Pulkki-Råback L, Jokela M, Viikari J, Raitakari O, Hintsanen M.  J Affect Disord. 2016 Nov 10;208:436-442.