Cognitive functioning of women in pregnancy and early postpartum


  • Włodzimierz Płotek Poznan University of Medical Sciences
  • Marta Czarnecka-Iwańczuk Poznan University of Medical Sciences
  • Małgorzata Grześkowiak Poznan University of Medical Sciences



pregnancy, postpartum, cognitive functioning


Pregnancy and early postpartum is an extremely stressful time in a woman’s life. Emotional and cognitive functioning are mutually interconnected. The psyche also influences the physical health on the functional and physical basis. The physiological hormonal changes adapt woman to the development and labour of a child and reflect in the central nervous system functioning. In the presented manuscript, the basic psychological problems accompanying women in this period, as well as mutual relationships between the hormonal and central nervous systems during pregnancy and early postpartum have been presented.


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Author Biographies

Włodzimierz Płotek, Poznan University of Medical Sciences

Department of Teaching Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, assistant professor

Marta Czarnecka-Iwańczuk, Poznan University of Medical Sciences

Department of Clinical Psychology, assistant professor

Małgorzata Grześkowiak, Poznan University of Medical Sciences

Department of Teaching Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, assistant professor


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How to Cite

Płotek W, Czarnecka-Iwańczuk M, Grześkowiak M. Cognitive functioning of women in pregnancy and early postpartum. JMS [Internet]. 2017 Mar. 27 [cited 2023 Jun. 4];86(1):58-64. Available from:



Review Papers
Received 2016-12-08
Accepted 2016-12-09
Published 2017-03-27