Boys tied to moms’ de­pres­sion

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY GINA SALA­M­ONE

Oh boy.

Your new baby’s sex may be to blame for your post­par­tum de­pres­sion.

The mood dis­or­der that comes af­ter child­birth has been linked with hav­ing a boy in a new study out of Eng­land’s Univer­sity of Kent. In fact, the odds of de­vel­op­ing post­par­tum de­pres­sion for moms of males is boosted by an as­tound­ing 71% to 79% com­pared with moms of fe­male in­fants.

The rea­son is be­cause post­par­tum de­pres­sion is as­so­ci­ated with an in­flam­ma­tory im­mune re­sponse, which has been linked with both the ges­ta­tion of male fe­tuses and birth com­pli­ca­tions. In­flam­ma­tory im­mune re­sponse oc­curs when tis­sues are in­jured by bac­te­ria, trauma, tox­ins or other causes.

“The oc­cur­rence of birth com­pli­ca­tions in­creased the odds of (post­par­tum de­pres­sion) by 174% com­pared to hav­ing no com­pli­ca­tions,” the study also found.

Symp­toms of post­par­tum de­pres­sion — which typ­i­cally be­gins be­tween one week and one month fol­low­ing child­birth — can in­clude ex­treme sad­ness, low en­ergy, anx­i­ety, cry­ing, ir­ri­tabil­ity and sleep­ing or eat­ing pat­tern dis­rup­tions.

“While al­ways at in­creased risk of [post­par­tum de­pres­sion], women with a ten­dency to­wards symp­toms of de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, and stress at other points in the life course had re­duced odds of (post­par­tum de­pres­sion) when ex­pe­ri­enc­ing birth com­pli­ca­tions, sug­gest­ing such women may elicit greater sup­port,” the study con­tin­ued.

The re­search looked at about 300 women born be­tween 1930 and 1966 who re­ported de­tails about ev­ery birth they had and were as­sessed on var­i­ous de­mo­graphic and psy­cho­log­i­cal mea­sures.

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