Deliveries in winter, spring cut risk of postnatal depression

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Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression (PPD) than women who deliMothers-to-be, please-take-note! Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression (PPD) than women who deliver babies in summer, suggests a recent study.

The findings indicated that women delivering in winter and spring may be attributed to the seasonal enjoyment of indoor activities. Factors affecting the risk of postnatal depression, also known as postpartum depression (PPD), included the length of pregnancy, whether or not an epidural was given during delivery and body mass index.

At least 10 % of women experience some degree of anxiety or depression after giving birth. Symptoms include sadness, restlessness, and lack of concentration. PPD typically arises from a combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustments to motherhood and fatigue, said US researchers.

They also found that women, who delivered babies at a higher gestational age (further along in their pregnancy) were less likely to develop PPD and women who did not have anesthesia, such as an epidural, during delivery had an increased risk.

The authors said women who did not have anesthesia may have been at an increased risk for PPD because the labor pain may have been traumatising to the women during delivery, or it’s possible those who declined anesthesia just happened to have intrinsic characteristics that made them more vulnerable to experiencing PPD.

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