Suicides and overdoses made up almost 20% of postpartum deaths in Californian women between 2010 and 2012.
Poor prepartum and postpartum physical and mental health was associated with persistent severe sleep problems in their babies.
A new study reports that a father's depression during the postpartum period can impact the behavior of their toddler.
Breastfeeding has a positive effect on postnatal depression and bonding between mothers and their babies. Breastfeeding also has positive implications for neuroprotection in babies of depressed mothers.
Women who are given a general anesthetic during a cesarean section delivery have a 54% higher risk of developing postpartum depression. The odds of suicidal thoughts or self-inflicting injury increased to 91%. The study points to a potential protective effect on mental health for regional anesthesia during cesarean section compared to general anesthetic.
Researchers report a specially designed dietary supplement could help to counteract the effect of baby blues in postpartum women.
Women who experience postpartum mental health problems such as depression and anxiety following the birth of their first child are 31% less likely to have more children.
A new study reveals the season in which a woman gives birth can lower her risk for developing postpartum depression. Researchers also note a lower BMI and access to anesthesia during delivery also play a role in lowering PPD risk.
Researchers have discovered that women who felt depressed during the early stages of pregnancy were almost twice as likely to suffer from gestational diabetes. Additionally, those with gestational diabetes were more likely to report postpartum depression symptoms.
Chronic stress during pregnancy increases neuroinflammation. The immune changes may create circumstances in the brain, which increase susceptibility to postnatal depression.