Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

Good news: Use of antidepressants in early pregnancy is not to blame for fetal cardiac malformations, should one occur.

Perimenopause is a period of high risk for first-time depression. Why? Probably because levels of monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A), a brain enzyme, are elevated.

The extent and timing of maternal depression is being underestimated, according to new research, highlighting the need for improvement in maternal depression screening.

A diagnosed fear of childbirth in expectant mothers nearly tripled the risk of postpartum depression among women with no history of depression.

Women experiencing postpartum depression would benefit from 6 months of maternity leave, a recent study found.

Many choose to discontinue antidepressant treatment during attempts to conceive or during pregnancy, in spite of the risks of untreated perinatal depression. Safety profiles of antidepressant use during pregnancy are increasingly being studied, and many women seek alternatives during pregnancy. This article will review several complementary and alternative (CAM) treatments for prenatal unipolar depression: omega-3 fatty acids, folate, St. John’s Wort, bright light therapy, massage therapy and exercise.

Fish oil supplementation that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids does not prevent depressive symptoms during pregnancy or in the postpartum period, according to the results of a double-blind, randomized controlled trial.


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