DOI: 10.1002/dev.22467 ISSN: 0012-1630

Letter to the Editor: Does fetal movement shape the maternal brain?

Kathy Ayala, Kristin Voegtline, Helena JV Rutherford
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Developmental Biology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


Here, we debate that fetal behavior may contribute to the dynamic changes observed in the maternal brain during the perinatal period. We call for future research to explore this perspective to understand the complex maternal–fetal relationship and how fetal signals influence the preparation for parenthood.

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