Premature Birth Risk Doubled By Depression During Pregnancy

October 23, 2008

A new study published in Human Reproduction has revealed that the risk pf premature birth is doubled by pregnant women who are suffering from depression..............Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study published in Human Reproduction has revealed that the risk pf premature birth is doubled by pregnant women who are suffering from depression.

Researchers were led by De-Kun Li at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research in Oakland, California as the study focused on interviews with 791 women between 6 weeks and 18 weeks of pregnancy.

A premature birth is said to be when a mother gives birth within the first 37 weeks of pregnancy.

A full-term pregnancy is said to last around 40 weeks or so.

Researchers stated that the more severe the depression, the higher the risk of preterm brith.

41.2% of the pregnant women in the study suffered from depression, while 21.7% were in “severe” depression.

The pregnant women in depression were 1.6 times more likely to have a preterm birth.

Those in severe depression were found to have a risk of preterm birth that was 2.2 times higher than women who were not suffering from depression.


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