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Pregnancy depression is on the rise, a survey suggests

Expectant women may be more anxious or depressed than their mothers were

11:00am, July 13, 2018
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FEELING LOW  A cross-generational study in England found that pregnant women today have more symptoms of depression and anxiety than women in their mothers’ generation.   

Today’s young women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy than their mothers were, a generation-spanning survey finds.

From 1990 to 1992, about 17 percent of young pregnant women in southwest England who participated in the study had signs of depressed mood. But the generation that followed, including these women’s daughters and sons’ partners, fared worse. Twenty-five percent of these young women, pregnant in 2012 to 2016, showed signs of depression, researchers report July 13 in JAMA Network Open.

“We are talking about a lot of women,” says study coauthor Rebecca Pearson, a psychiatric epidemiologist at Bristol University in England.

Earlier studies also had suggested that depression during and after pregnancy

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