Tag Archives: Prenatal/Postnatal Depression

Prenatal/Postnatal Depression

Helping Substance-Using Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Helping Substance-Using Pregnant and Postpartum Women In situations involving substance use by expectant women and postpartum mothers, there is often a sense that the interests of the mother are not aligned with the interests of the child. As a result, unfortunately, clinicians sometimes focus solely on the child and neglect the importance of the mother’s […]

Pregnancy-related depression linked to eating disorders and abuse histories

  One in 10 women experience depression during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth. Although the problem has received increased attention in recent years, little is known about the causes or early-warning signs of pregnancy-related depression. In a study published in the June 2011 issue of Journal of Women’s Health, researchers at the University of […]

Expectant fathers should receive prenatal care, support, study finds

 A University of Missouri researcher has found that stress related to pregnancy uniquely affects the health of expectant fathers, which in turn, influences the health of expectant mothers and their infants. Health services should incorporate counseling and assessments for men and women to reduce stressors and promote positive pregnancy outcomes, says ManSoo Yu, assistant professor […]

‘Pre-Baby Blues’ Due To Lack Of Support From Partner

‘Pre-Baby Blues’ Due To Lack Of Support From Partner Mar 14 2011 –  Pregnancy is meant to be a joyous time however some women experience overwhelming ‘baby blues’ before the birth of their child. Anxiety and depression during pregnancy can result in premature birth, or low birth weight, and impact the child’s health even into […]

Postpartum Blues Affect Dads Too

             * Explain that depression occurred in 7% of new fathers and was associated with negative parenting behaviors such as an increase in spanking and a decrease in reading to children.         * Note that the authors recommend that pediatric providers should consider screening fathers for depression, discussing specific parenting behaviors, and […]

Drug Treatment for Mood Disorders in Pregnancy

Drug Treatment for Mood Disorders in Pregnancy Introduction Almost all psychiatric disorders at onset or worsening during pregnancy require pharmacological treatment to obtain a prompt remission of maternal mental impairment and, thus, to prevent further complications to the mother–infant pair. In fact, the detrimental impact of untreated prenatal depressive episodes on delivery outcomes, infant neuropsychological […]

During Pregnancy A Deficiency Of Dietary Omega-3 May Explain Depressive Behaviors

During Pregnancy A Deficiency Of Dietary Omega-3 May Explain Depressive Behaviors     Neuroscience of nutrition Feb 01 2011   How maternal essential fatty acid deficiency impact on its progeny is poorly understood. Dietary insufficiency in omega-3 fatty acid has been implicated in many disorders. Researchers from Inserm and INRA and their collaborators in Spain collaboration, […]

Parents at highest risk for depression in the first year after child’s birth

child’s birth  More than one-third of mothers and about one-fifth of fathers in the United Kingdom appear to experience an episode of depression between their child’s birth and 12th year of age, with the highest rates in the first year after birth, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the November print […]

Women Fearful of Effects of Antidepressants During Pregnancy

Women Fearful of Effects of Antidepressants During Pregnancy June 8, 2010 (New Orleans, Louisiana) — Women who decline to take antidepressants during pregnancy are often fearful of the potential adverse effects these medications may have on their unborn child. A small, prospective cohort study presented here at the American Psychiatric Association 2010 Annual Meeting examined […]

Sad Mom, Sad Baby

by Lacey Beckmann   Postpartum depression isn’t just bad for mothers. It has important consequences for the development of infants. Studies conducted over the years catalogue many of its effects. Avoidant and disengaged, depressed mothers do not touch their babies as frequently or with the same affection as nondepressed moms—a deficiency that alone can throw […]

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