Mental health issues in pregnancy up 47%
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.