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Young Mothers Struggle More

Partner Can Cause Baby Blues During Pregnancy

A poor relationship with a husband or partner during pregnancy is the biggest predictor of maternal emotional distress, such as depression. New research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, reveals that women who were the most dissatisfied with their relationships with spouses or partners were the most likely to suffer from depression during pregnancy. The Norwegian study of nearly 50,000 women shows that the amount of support the pregnant women received from partners had the strongest link with mental health. Researchers also found that younger mothers struggled more with coping during pregnancy. Experts believe that depression and anxiety during pregnancy may result in low birth weight or premature birth.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Reasons for Postpartum Depression Explained

Tags: Baby Blues, Postpartum Depression, Depression During Pregnancy, Emotional Distress Pregnancy, Journal BMC Public Health, Anxiety During Pregnancy

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Not Only Due to Estrogen Loss

Reasons for Postpartum Depression Explained

Up to 70 percent of new mothers experience symptoms of depression within the first week after giving birth. While, the symptoms dissipate in most cases, up to 13 percent of women experience clinical level postpartum depression (PPD). Fluctuations in estrogen have been to blame but now new research reveals that, while estrogen levels drop 100 to 1000 fold after giving birth, levels of the enzyme monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) increase dramatically throughout the brain. MAO-A is responsible for breaking down neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, and, ultimately, for controlling our moods. By balancing MAO-A, this research “could have an impact on prevention and treatment of postpartum depression in the future", says lead author Julia Sacher.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Depression, Dopamine, Estrogen, Neurotransmitters, Postpartum Depression, PPD, Birth, Baby Blues, Monoamine Oxidase A, Serotonin, Norepinephrine, Mood Swings, Jula Sacher

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