Unplanned Pregnancy Raises Risk for Postpartum Depression

A new study published in the medical journal BJOG finds that women with unplanned pregnancies have a risk four times higher than average to suffer from postpartum depression at twelve months postpartum.

In the study, conducted by the University of North Carolina, those with unplanned or unintended pregnancy were defined as both mistimed and unwanted pregnancies. According to Science Daily, “The increased risk was highest at 12 months and indicates that this group of women have a long term risk of depression.”

It’s possible that if OBs are aware of mothers in their offices who have unintended pregnancies, they can intervene ahead of time to educate them, monitor them and potentially prevent serious symptoms of postpartum depression.

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