Unintended pregnancies may increase risk of postpartum depression

A study from the University of North Carolina prenatal clinics showed that women with unintended pregnancy are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression at three and twelve months postpartum. Unintended pregnancy entailed both mistimed and unwanted pregnancies.

The increased risk of depression following unintended pregnancies may have a long term effect on maternal wellbeing. The authors of the study therefore conclude that clinicians should consider pregnancy intention at antenatal visits and offer appropriate support during and following the pregnancy.

Source: Women with unintended pregnancy are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression. BJOG. Published on  2013-05-08. 

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