Mental Health in the Perinatal Period

The mean interpregnancy interval (the duration from one birth to the conception of the next-born child) has shifted over time in Sweden. Compared to almost four years during the mid-1970s, the mean interpregnancy interval has remained approximately three years since 2000, with 15% of pregnancies spaced less than a year apart.

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This project plan to study interpregnancy intervals as a potentially modifiable risk factor for poor mental health in children and parents. For the children, we will focus on the mechanisms underlying the associations between neurodevelopmental disorders and interpregnancy interval, particularly nutritional depletion and metabolic imbalance. For the parents, we will take a broader approach quantifying and describing associations between interpregnancy intervals and mental health outcomes.

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Renee Gardner

Principal Researcher
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Anna-Clara Hollander

Principal Researcher

Founded by: Söderströmska Köningska foundation

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