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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

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.

More than 25% of women may exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after childbirth, a new study reports.

Do you Screen all New Mothers for Postpartum Depression?

A history of high blood pressure may be indicative of future physical as well as psychiatric problems, according to a new study published in General Health Psychiatry. The study found an association between preexisting hypertension, but not pregnancy-induced hypertension, and risk for depression.

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