Lower risk of postnatal depression during delivery in winter or spring

Lower risk of postnatal depression during delivery in winter or spring

According to research, you have a lower chance of a postnatal depression if you deliver your child in the winter or spring.

Researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts, United States came to this conclusion.

Research
One of the researchers, Dr. Jie Zhou: "We wanted to find out whether there are certain factors that influence the development of postnatal depression and that can be avoided because of a woman's health, both physically and psychologically."

The research team studied the medical records of more than 20,000 women who gave birth between June 2015 and August 2017. Some 817 women (4%) experienced postnatal depression. Symptoms for postnatal depression are insomnia, depressive feelings, stress, being irritated. It is caused by a mix of factors, such as hormones, fatigue and the transition to motherhood.

Why exactly winter or spring?
But why do winter or spring have such a positive influence on the state of mind of a new mother? The reason may surprise you - mothers really like to do indoor activities with their newborn child.

More results
More interesting results emerged from the research. For example, a longer pregnancy reduces the chance of a postnatal depression. And that not having an epidural increases the chance of a postnatal depression. Moreover, no connection has been found between a vaginal delivery or caesarean section and the chance of a postnatal depression.

Have you suffered from a postnatal depression? How was that for you and your loved ones?

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