The Environment and Experiences of Pregnant Mothers Affect Fetal Brain Development

Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child


Research Area: Population and demographics

Keywords: Neonatal health; Maternal health; Developmental neurobiology

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


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.