Fear of childbirth predicts postpartum depression

Expectant women with prenatally diagnosed fear of childbirth are at an increased risk of postpartum depression, according to a study of over 500,000 mothers in Finland. Women with a history of depression are at the highest risk of postpartum depression. The fact that fear of childbirth puts women without a history of depression at an […]

Maternal depression may influence fetal brain development

Depression is a serious mental illness that has many negative consequences for sufferers. But depression among pregnant women may also have an impact on their developing babies.Children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of developing depression themselves, a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Longer maternity leaves lower women’s risk of postpartum depression

The more leave time from work that a woman takes after giving birth — up to six months — the better protected she will be from experiencing post-partum depression, according to a study led by Dr. Rada K. Dagher, assistant professor of health services administration at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Pregnancy […]

Monoamine oxidase A: Biomarker for postpartum depression

Postpartum mood swings are correlated with high monoamine oxidase A binding, a study shows. For most women, the birth of their baby is one of the most strenuous but also happiest days in their lives. The vast majority of women experience a temporary drop in mood for a few days after birth. These symptoms of […]

Climb out of the darkness for postpartum depression

by Jenni Buckley posted in Mom Stories Have you ever suffered, or are currently suffering, from maternal mental illness? I have. Despite the millions of women that suffer from some form of maternal mental illness, whether it’s postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum psychosis, depression during pregnancy, or more, it’s an extremely… Want to get the […]

‘Silver surfers’ may have lower depression risk

"Silver surfers are happier than techno-foges [sic]: Internet use cuts elderly depression rates by 30 per cent," the Mail Online reports after the results of a US study have suggested that regular internet use may help combat feelings of isolation and depression in older adults. In this study, 3,075 retired people were surveyed every two […]

Young dads at high risk of depression, too

This study is the first to identify when young fathers are at increased risk of developing depressive symptoms. The lead author of the paper said the results of this longitudinal study are significant and could lead to more effective interventions and treatment for young men early in the fatherhood years. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Fit Mom Guest Post: Postpartum depression and how to heal

I hope you enjoy this amazing guest post from Michelle about postpartum depression.┬áMichelle Tucker is a stay at home mom to an amazing 5-year-old son. She has been married to her best friend for nearly 7 years. She can often be found outdoors running! Since starting on her journey to a healthy lifestyle she has […]

How long does postpartum depression really last?

A new, comprehensive review of clinical studies examining postpartum depression has shown that although symptoms of postpartum depression in most women recede over time, for a large number of women, depression remains a long-term problem. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today