Mothers who deliver two or more babies are more likely to have developed moderate to severe depression within nine months of giving birth than mothers who have a single baby, say U.S. researchers who analyzed data from a nationally representative survey of children born in 2001.
“Our findings suggest that 19% of mothers of multiples had moderate to severe depressive symptoms nine months after delivery, compared to 16% among mothers of singletons,” the study’s lead author, Yoonjoung Choi, a research associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in a Hopkins news release.
Postpartum depression, the bane of 19 percent of new mothers, may be more easily identified through a simple blood test, according to researchers. Women at risk for postpartum depression—which can occur within the first year after birth–could pinpoint those women who are prone to the condition, possibly averting the mental health condition altogether.
Stretch marks are the pain of every woman who have delivered a child. They are long, wide and shiny or silvery marks that happen on the stomach, breasts, buttocks and thighs. They happen because of the stretching that occurs during pregnancy as the baby continues to grow. Under the skin the collagen separates and the results are stretch marks. Because they happen as the skin stretches they often occur in the later stages of pregnancy as the baby is growing at a fast rate.
Postpartum depression (PPD) can lead to poor sleep quality, recent research shows. A new study shows that depression symptoms worsen in PPD patients when their quality of sleep declines.
Sleep deprivation can hamper a mother’s ability to care for her infant, as judgment and concentration decline. Sleep-deprived mothers also may inadvertently compromise their infants’ sleep quality because infants often adopt their mothers’ circadian sleep rhythms.
The purpose of this website is to offer information, support and assistance to those dealing with postpartum mood disorders, their families, friends, physicians and counselors. We strive to help those who have not been personally touched by postpartum mental illness understand that it is not something that one can “get over” or “wish away,” or something that can necessarily be overcome with “more prayer” or “a better outlook.”
PSI is built on the foundation of providing support to families. If you or someone you know might be experiencing symptoms of prenatal or postpartum mood or anxiety disorder, know that it is treatable and you’ve taken a very important first step. We have PSI Coordinators throughout the world who provide information and support. There is someone in your area who can help you if you are experiencing any of the following: depressed, irritable, exhausted, unlike yourself, sadness, anger, guilt, worry, feelings of inadequacy.
Mothers who delivered their babies vaginally appear to be much more sensitive to the cry of their own child within a few weeks of the birth compared with those who deliver by Caesarean section, a new study shows. The finding, published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, give researchers insight into why postpartum depression seems to be linked more often to Caesarean birth.
A new report suggests nearly one in 10 U.S. women who have given birth recently meet the formal criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from childbirth.