‘Preg­nancy anx­i­ety on the rise in young moth­ers’

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

THE NUM­BER of young women who suf­fer anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion dur­ing preg­nancy has risen by half within a gen­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

The lat­est fig­ures show a quar­ter of women who be­came preg­nant un­der the age of 24 had symp­toms, com­pared to 17 per cent in the 1990s.

Re­searchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Bris­tol an­a­lysed data from two gen­er­a­tions of women who took part in the city’s Chil­dren of the 90s study. Hav­ing de­pres­sive symp­toms was 51 per cent more com­mon in the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to re­search pub­lished in the jour­nal JAMA Net­work Open.

The study also found that if their mother was de­pressed in preg­nancy, daugh­ters were more than three times as likely to be de­pressed when preg­nant them­selves.

Re­searchers said it was the first time sci­en­tists could com­pare men­tal health symp­toms across gen­er­a­tions and would lead to fur­ther re­search

Dr Re­becca Pear­son, a lec­turer in psy­chi­atric epi­demi­ol­ogy at the Bris­tol uni­ver­sity, said the re­search showed that de­pres­sion in to­day’s young women may be driven by rises feel­ings of be­ing stressed and over­whelmed.

She said: “Given that de­pres­sion in preg­nancy has sub­stan­tial im­pact to both mother and child this is of key im­por­tance for health ser­vices.

“Our next steps will use this re­source to look at the con­se­quences of ma­ter­nal de­pres­sion on the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion from the Chil­dren of the 90s once they are born.

“Cur­rently we have par­ents and their ba­bies set up with head cam­era tech­nol­ogy at home to more closely and re­al­is­ti­cally ex­am­ine in­ter­ac­tions be­tween par­ents and ba­bies and how these are in­flu­enced by men­tal health.”

Clare Dol­man, vice chair­woman of the Ma­ter­nal Men­tal Health Al­liance, said: “This is an im­por­tant piece of re­search from the Uni­ver­sity of Bris­tol on de­pres­sion in preg­nancy show­ing that rates of de­pres­sion have risen within a gen­er­a­tion.

“It is vi­tal now to go fur­ther and look at the pos­si­ble causes of this in­crease to help de­vise in­ter­ven­tions to break the in­ter-gen­er­a­tional cy­cle.”

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