History of Physical And Sexual Abuse Increases Risk of PPD

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Some preliminary research presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting found that female victims of domestic violence have a 40% increased risk of developing postpartum depression, a cross-sectional study showed.

Those who suffered intimate partner violence in the form of physical or sexual abuse or stalking as an adult were significantly more likely to develop postpartum depression than women who did not experience any abuse. Women who said they were physically or sexually abused as a child also had a higher risk of postpartum depression, according to Matt Garabedian, MD, MPH, a maternal-fetal medicine fellow at the University of Kentuckyin Lexington.


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is the founder & editor of Postpartum Progress. She was named one of the ten most influential mom bloggers of 2011, a WebMD Health Hero and one of the top 25 parent bloggers using social media for social good. She also writes the Fierce Blog, and a parenting column for Disney's Babble.com.

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