Media ReleaseFrom: JAMA
Study Examines Prenatal Depression in 2 Generations of Pregnant Mothers
Prevalence of Prenatal Depression Symptoms Among 2 Generations of Pregnant Mothers
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Bottom Line: A study of two generations of women in England examined how common depression during pregnancy (prenatal depression) is in young mothers now compared with their mothers’ generation. Depressed mood was measured using self-reported surveys in both generations and analysis of the data suggests depression in young pregnant women may be higher now than among their mothers’ generation in the 1990s. Researchers acknowledge a number of plausible explanations for their findings requiring further study.
Authors: Rebecca M. Pearson, Ph.D., of the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, and coauthors