Study shows why some women suffer with postpartum depression and some don’t

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A study has shown that women who give birth during winter or spring months are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression than women who give birth in summer or autumn.

The study

The study which reviewed the medical records of 20,169 women who delivered babies between June 2015 and August 2017, showed that 817 of them (4.1pc) suffered from postpartum depression.

Conducted by Dr Jie Zhou, from Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, the study aimed to find out “whether there are certain factors influencing the risk of developing postpartum depression that may be avoided to improve women’s health both physically and mentally.”

Some symptoms include:

  • Sadness
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of concentration

Why the link between postpartum depression and the month you give birth is significant is unknown. But some researchers relate it to seasonal activities that the mother can enjoy with her child in the months following birth.


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Originally posted 2017-10-23 16:36:14.