By Steven Reinberg
MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Certain factors related to pregnancy and also also also delivery may affect a woman’s risk of having postpartum depression, a completely new study suggests.
The study showed which giving birth from the winter or the spring was linked to a lower risk of developing postpartum depression, as was having a baby at full-term. Using anesthesia during delivery also appears to lower the risk of postpartum depression.
“We wanted to find out whether there are certain factors influencing the risk of developing postpartum depression which may be avoided to improve women’s health both physically and also also also mentally,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Jie Zhou, said in a news Discharge by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Zhou can be by Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.
About 10 percent of women suffer by anxiety or depression after childbirth, the researchers said. Symptoms of postpartum depression include sadness, restlessness, agitation and also also also decreased concentration.
Dr. Mitchell Kramer can be chairman of obstetrics and also also also gynecology at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y. He said women who are at high risk for postpartum depression include those who have a history of depression or anxiety, who suffered by the condition after a previous delivery, or who have a family history of mental problems.
Untreated, postpartum depression can interfere with mother-child bonding, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health says.
Dr. Margaret Seide can be a psychiatrist at Staten Island University Hospital in completely new York City. She said which mothers suffering by postpartum depression are more likely to neglect or abuse their baby.
“Excessive anxiety which’s not relieved by visits to their pediatrician, and also also also failure to bond or take joy in their baby are signs of the condition,” Seide said.
Treatment can be available for women suffering by postpartum depression, Seide noted. These therapies include antidepressant medications and also also also psychological counseling.
For the study, Zhou and also also also colleagues reviewed medical records of more than 20,000 women. All had delivered babies by June 2015 through August 2017. Just over 800 (4 percent) of the women experienced postpartum depression.
The researchers found which being overweight or obese was tied to an increased risk of postpartum depression.
The study wasn’t designed to prove cause-and also also also-effect relationships. nevertheless the authors have some theories as to why certain factors might influence the development of postpartum depression.
For example, mothers of babies born which has a higher gestational age have a lower risk of depression. which may be because the baby can be more mature, the researchers said.
“which can be expected which the mother will do better and also also also be less mentally stressed when delivering a mature, healthy baby,” Zhou said.
White women had a lower risk of postpartum depression than women of various other races/ethnicities, which could be due to socioeconomic status, Zhou suggested.
Overweight and also also also obese women often have more complications during pregnancy and also also also need more follow-up after childbirth, and also also also This specific may account for their increased risk for postpartum depression, Zhou said.
Women who skip anesthesia during labor may increase the risk for postpartum depression, because the pain of delivery might be traumatizing, or women who don’t want anesthesia may have characteristics which make them more vulnerable to the condition, the researchers added.
According to Kramer, having or not having anesthesia during labor may be an important factor, especially among women already at high risk for postpartum depression.
“which’s not unreasonable to counsel women who are at high risk to minimize the trauma and also also also pain during delivery,” he said.
Kramer said he doesn’t think which the season in which a baby can be born can be a significant factor in whether the mother will experience postpartum depression.
“I don’t think which’s anything which’s so significant which I would likely counsel patients not to have your baby from the summer or fall,” he noted.
The researchers suggested which the lower risk of postpartum depression when babies are delivered from the winter and also also also spring may be due to mothers enjoying indoor activities with their babies.
The report was presented Sunday at the meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Boston. Findings presented at meetings are typically viewed as preliminary until they’ve been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
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SOURCES: Margaret Seide, M.D., psychiatrist, Staten Island University Hospital, completely new York City; Mitchell Kramer, M.D., chairman, obstetrics and also also also gynecology, Huntington Hospital, Huntington, N.Y.; Oct. 22, 2017, presentation, American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting, Boston
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