Researchers identified a link between breastfeeding and a decreased risk of new mothers developing postpartum depression. The longer a mother breastfed her child, the more the risk of PPD decreased.
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.
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.
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.
A new study reveals a link between gestational diabetes and an increased risk of developing postpartum depression in first time mothers.