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Postpartum depression ‘more likely after unwanted pregnancy’

8th May 2013

Women who carry unintended pregnancies to term are more likely to suffer postpartum depression than those who planned to conceive a child.

This is according to a new study by the University of North Carolina, which questioned almost 700 participants about pregnancy intention at 15-19 weeks gestational age and then monitored their progress over a year-long period.

It was found that postpartum depression was more likely in women with unintended pregnancies at both three and twelve months, with the trend being particularly pronounced after the full year, showing the long-term implications of this association.

The report suggested that clinicians may wish to consider assessing pregnancy intention during antenatal visits and offer appropriate support.

Dr Rebecca Mercier of the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of North Carolina said: "Simple, low-cost screening interventions to identify women at risk could allow targeted intervention when appropriate and could potentially prevent complications from future unintended pregnancies."

NHS estimates suggest that around one in seven women experience some level of depression in the first three months after giving birth.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801582835-ADNFCR

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