A new study reveals a link between gestational diabetes and an increased risk of developing postpartum depression in first time mothers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Changes in the strength of circadian rhythms, the average amount of activity during nighttime rest, and the amount of fragmented sleep a woman experienced during the later stages of pregnancy or following birth were strongly associated with increased risks of developing postpartum depression and anxiety.
Younger mothers, first time moms, and women who give birth to twins are at the highest risk of developing postpartum depression, a new study reports.
During the early stages of the COVID pandemic, one in three new mothers reported experiencing postpartum depression, while 1 in 5 had symptoms of major depression. The risks were higher in mothers who formula-fed their infants, and in those whose children were in neonatal ICU.
Researchers found significant differences in B cells in women with postpartum depression. B cells are important components of the immune system that help produce antibodies and secrete both pro and anti-inflammatory factors.
An increase in a woman's symptoms of depression from the preconception to the postpartum period raises the risk of behavioral and emotional problems in her children.