Depression: Representational pic
Depression: Representational pic

Washington: According to a recent study, women who give birth to males are 71-79 per cent more likely to develop postnatal depression (PND). Furthermore, women who went into labour under complications were 174 per cent more likely to experience PND compared to those women who had no complications, according to a study published in the Journal of Social Science and Medicine.

Researchers at the University of Kent studied PND and found that the odds of developing this condition increased by 79 per cent when mothers had baby boys compared to baby girls. As a result of their findings, researchers Dr. Sarah Johns and Dr. Sarah Myers concluded that recognising that both male infants and birth complications are PND risk factors should help health professionals in identifying and supporting women who may be more likely to develop this condition.

Their research also showed that while women with a tendency towards symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress were always at increased risk of PND, they had reduced odds of developing PND after experiencing birth complications. This is likely because these women may receive greater post-birth support because their mental health concerns were previously recognised. This finding suggests intervention to support women can be effective in preventing PND from developing. –ANI

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