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The Environment and Experiences of Pregnant Mothers Affect Fetal Brain Development

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Funder(s): John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Funder(s): John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Population and demographics (Children and youth)

Keywords: Neonatal health; Maternal health; Developmental neurobiology

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

This study shows that “normal” behavior during pregnancy is an important element in influencing the rates and patterns of fetal brain development. These findings have significant implications ensuring sound, healthy experiences for women during pregnancy.