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Abstract #0895

Serial Structural Imaging in the Postpartum Period Reveals Increases and Decreases in Regional Brain Volumes Following Childbirth

Derek K. Jones1, Tim Vivian-Griffiths1, C John Evans1, Nicholas Lange2

1CUBRIC, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Caerdydd, United Kingdom; 2Neurostatistics Laboratory,Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States

This study performed serial structural MRI on a cohort of mothers in the early postpartum period. Compared to matched controls, there were both increases and decreases in brain volume in the new mothers over time - but not in the matched controls.