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Posted on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 : 10:16 a.m.

Lack of social support risk factor for depression in pregnancy, University of Michigan study finds

By Tina Reed


Some women are a greater risk of experiencing depression while they're pregnant than others, largely because of life stressors, a recent University of Michigan study found.

Factors that largely contributed to a woman’s risk of depression while pregnant included how much social support she received, whether her pregnancy was intended and her mental health history, the study found. 

Risk factors for depression in pregnant women also included maternal anxiety, domestic violence, relationship factors and dependence on public insurance.

The study was meant to look specifically at women’s mental health status while pregnant, rather than the more widely studied post-partum depression, because it can have severe health implications. An estimated 12.7 percent of pregnant women experience depression.

“Depression has been associated with adverse outcomes for both mom and baby, including pre-term delievery, pre-eclampsia, sleep disturbances for both mom and baby, and maternal-infanct attachment effects, in addition to its impact on the mother’s daily quality of life,” said Christie Lancaster, lead author and U-M clinical lecturer in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department.

Authors in the study concluded it's important for clinicians to be aware of the risk factors for depression for effective screening of pregnant women. The study was published in the January issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Colds are costly, says quoted U-M research

At least 1 billion people suffer colds in the United States every year, and there's really no surefire way to get rid of them, a Shreveport Times article said today.

That's a big deal since at least 22 million school days are lost every year in the U.S., according to U-M research quoted in the piece dispelling the myths of surefire cures for the common cold.

In all, that likely adds up to $40 billion a year in lost productivity, according to U-M research.

Tina Reed covers health and the environment for You can reach her at, call her at 734-623-2535 or find her on Twitter @TreedinAA.



Fri, Jan 8, 2010 : 11 a.m.

Not mentioned anywhere is the epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency in this country. It is particularly damaging to the pregnant woman and her unborn child. One of the hallmarks of this vitamin deficiency is depression. The cost of daily vitamin D supplementation is in cents.When will Americans wake up and realize that how we nourish ourselves is fundamental to all aspects of quality of life? Go to the Vitamin D Council website. Knowledge is self-empowerment.


Thu, Jan 7, 2010 : 1:15 p.m.

Seriously? A young woman, with issues besides her either, unwanted, unplanned pregnancy by an abusive unsupportive partner is more at risk to depression as opposed to a young woman with a wanted, planned pregnancy and a supportive family life...go figure. How many P[iled]h[igher n] D[eeper]s it took to figure that one out!