2008, Number 1
Perinatol Reprod Hum 2008; 22 (1)
Maldonado-Durán M, Sauceda-García JM, Lartigue T
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ABSTRACTThe article reviews the phenomenology of normal pregnancy, emphasizing the nutritional needs of the future mother, as well as her emotional and behavioral changes observed, and her need for increased emotional support. The common reactions in the transition to motherhood are reviewed, including the concepts of “psychological transparency”, increased sensitivity of parents and their interest in the positive outcome of the pregnancy. These are described in the early, mid and late pregnancy. The development of the fetus is explored in terms of the sensory systems, behavioral organization and capacity to perceive stimuli in utero. Their significance for the mother-infant relationship is described.