Research Article
Volume 9 Issue 1 - 2020
Effects of Chronic Cocaine Administration during Pregnancy on Pre and Postpartum Maternal Behavior
Maria del Pilar Santacruz*
Department of Psychologies, Universidad Católica de Colombia, Colombia
*Corresponding Author: Maria del Pilar Santacruz, Department of Psychologies, Universidad Católica de Colombia, Colombia.
Received: October 28, 2019; Published: December 17, 2019


In order to identify the effects of chronic cocaine administration (CCA) during gestation on prepartum and postpartum maternal behavior (MB) in mice, prior studies conducted at the Faculty of Psychology, Universidad Católica de Colombia [Catholic University of Colombia], evaluating the effects of cocaine administration (10, 20, 25, 30, 40 and 50 mg/kg) on prepartum and postpartum maternal behavior were reviewed. It was found that CCA (10, 20 and 30 mg/kg) during gestation disturbed prepartum and postpartum MB. Alterations found on postpartum MB were dose related. Major alterations were found with CCA at a level of 40 mg/kg, when the administration took place from the first day of gestation. On the other hand, when CCA (25 and 50 mg/kg) initiated on the eighth day of gestation, no effects were found on MB. It is concluded that the treatment regime of chronic cocaine administration is more important than the dosage.

Keywords: Cocaine during Pregnancy; Prepartum and Postpartum Maternal Behavior


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Citation: Maria del Pilar Santacruz. “Effects of Chronic Cocaine Administration during Pregnancy on Pre and Postpartum Maternal Behavior”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 9.1 (2020): 01-17.

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