Seasonality patterns in postpartum depression
2011 (English)In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ISSN 0002-9378, E-ISSN 1097-6868, Vol. 204, no 5, 413.e1-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the possible association between postpartum depressive symptoms and season of delivery. STUDY DESIGN: During 1 year, delivering women in the Uppsala University Hospital were asked to participate in the study by filling out 3 postpartum questionnaires containing the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression scale and questions assessing life style, medical history, breast-feeding, and social support. RESULTS: Two thousand three hundred eighteen women participated. Women delivering in the last 3 months of the year had a significantly higher risk of self-reported depressive symptomatology both at 6 weeks (odds ratio, 2.02, 95% confidence interval, 1.32-3.10) and at 6 months after delivery (odds ratio, 1.82, 95% confidence interval, 1.152.88), in comparison to those delivering April-June, both before and after adjustment for possible confounders. CONCLUSION: Women delivering during the last quartile of the year had a significantly higher risk for depressive symptoms 6 weeks and 6 months postpartum and would thus benefit from a closer support and follow-up after delivery.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 204, no 5, 413.e1-6 p.
postnatal depression, postpartum depression, risk factor, season
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154124DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2011.01.022ISI: 000290206200028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-154124DiVA: diva2:419310