Men­tal health is­sues in preg­nancy up 47%

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Ben Spencer

SO­CIAL me­dia and the pace of modern life are driv­ing up rates of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety among a gen­er­a­tion of preg­nant women, re­searchers say.

A study of young women has found men­tal health prob­lems dur­ing preg­nancy are 47% more likely than they were in the 1990s.

Ex­perts tracked 2,390 preg­nant women from 1990 to 1992, and then re­peated the pro­ce­dure with 180 of their daugh­ters who were preg­nant be­tween 2012 and 2016. They found rates of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety rose from 17% in the first group to 25% in the sec­ond.

The sci­en­tists from Bris­tol Uni­ver­sity – whose re­port was pub­lished in the jour­nal JAMA Net­work Open – blame so­cial change.

‘Chronic stress, sleep de­pri­va­tion, eat­ing habits, seden­tary life­style, and the fast pace of modern life may be con­tribut­ing to an in­creas­ing preva­lence of de­pres­sion among young peo­ple,’ they wrote.

Study au­thor Dr Re­becca Pear­son, said: ‘The re­search shows that de­pres­sion in to­day’s young women may be driven by rises in feel­ing over­whelmed and stressed, rather than feel­ings of be­ing down and flat.’

The sci­en­tists found women whose moth­ers were de­pressed in preg­nancy were more than three times as likely to suf­fer de­pres­sion in their own preg­nancy.

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