Premature Birth Doubled By Depression During Pregnancy

October 27, 2008

A new study has found that the risk of premature birth doubles due to depression during pregnancy......Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has found that the risk of premature birth doubles due to depression during pregnancy.

Researcgers from Kaiser Permanente’s research division in Oakland, California carried out the study by speaking with 791 women.

All of the women were around their 10th week into the pregnancy, and overall 41% of the women had “significant” depression while 22% had “severe” depression.

The women with “significant” depression were 60% more likely to have a premature birth.

The women suffering from “severe” depression were twice as likely.

The more severe the depression, the more likely it was that a preterm birth would occur.

The study has been published in the October issue of Human Reproduction.


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