Maternal Distress May Affect Brain Development in Fetuses With CHD

Stress, anxiety, depression more prevalent among women carrying fetuses with congenital heart disease
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Gynecology, Neurology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, Journal, Source Type: news

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(Children's National Hospital) Knowing that your unborn fetus has congenital heart disease causes such pronounced maternal stress, anxiety and depression that these women's fetuses end up with impaired development in key brain regions before they are born, according to research published online Jan. 13, 2020, in JAMA Pediatrics.
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Conclusion: Our results suggest two different pathways for the long-term psychological well-being of parents of children with HD: on the one hand, more complex HD is associated with poorer long-term psychosocial outcomes; in contrast, there are also grounds for optimism, particularly for parents of children with less complex conditions, with better psychological outcomes noted for some groups of parents compared to previously reported early psychosocial outcomes. Future work needs to identify factors other than disease severity which might explain poorer (or better) functioning in some parents of children with more complex...
Source: European Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to examine the association between maternal chronic medical conditions (CMC) and perinatal mental illness. Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO were searched to September, 2017. Data were extracted and quality was assessed using standardized instruments. We generated unadjusted and adjusted pooled odds ratios (aPOR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) using DerSimonian and Laird random effects models. The review included 16 papers representing 12 studies and 1,626,260 women. CMC overall was associated with perinatal mental illness overall (aPOR = 1.43, ...
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ConclusionWomen pregnant with fetuses with mild or intermediate fetal heart abnormalities presented heightened levels of depression and anxiety when compared with mothers pregnant with fetuses with severe heart disease. Medical self‐experience counseling played an important role in relieving anxiety and depression in these mothers.
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ConclusionWomen pregnant with fetuses with mild or intermediate fetal heart abnormalities presented heightened levels of depression and anxiety when compared with mothers pregnant with fetuses with severe heart disease. Medical self‐experience counseling played an important role in relieving anxiety and depression in these mothers.
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