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Pregnancy, childbirth, and becoming a parent often involve major physiological and psychological strains that lead to increased vulnerability to mental illness. In my work I examine pain sensitivity, stress reactivity, and amygdala activation during and after pregnancy. These variables are analyzed in relation to anxiety and depressive symptoms to find out how the increased vulnerability looks biologically. I am also interested in how the initiation of labour, and labour pain are related to stress reactivity and other neuropsychological changes. I work with the BASIC cohort, a group of Uppsala women who are followed during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
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