19 min

006 Before You Were Born, Part 1: Prenatal factors and brain development with Dr. Catherine Lebel Critically Speaking

In this episode, Therese Markow and Catherine Lebel discuss her study of the risks of maternal prenatal stress for the developing infant brain, how maternal mental health can program the brain of a developing fetus, children’s brain structure and subsequent mental health outcomes.  
     
Key Takeaways:  
There is a correlation between maternal depression during pregnancy and the thickness of her child's cerebral cortex.    Manage stress during pregnancy, especially early, with a strong support system including partner, family and friends.    
"We know that kids born to mothers who had higher symptoms of depression are more likely themselves to go on to develop depression later." —  Catherine Lebel 
   
Connect with Catherine Lebel:    
Twitter:   @catherinealabel 
Website:   www.developmentalneuroimaginglab.ca/ 
  
Connect with Therese:  
Website:   www.criticallyspeaking.net 

In this episode, Therese Markow and Catherine Lebel discuss her study of the risks of maternal prenatal stress for the developing infant brain, how maternal mental health can program the brain of a developing fetus, children’s brain structure and subsequent mental health outcomes.  
     
Key Takeaways:  
There is a correlation between maternal depression during pregnancy and the thickness of her child's cerebral cortex.    Manage stress during pregnancy, especially early, with a strong support system including partner, family and friends.    
"We know that kids born to mothers who had higher symptoms of depression are more likely themselves to go on to develop depression later." —  Catherine Lebel 
   
Connect with Catherine Lebel:    
Twitter:   @catherinealabel 
Website:   www.developmentalneuroimaginglab.ca/ 
  
Connect with Therese:  
Website:   www.criticallyspeaking.net 

19 min