Preterm Delivery May Be Linked to Depression

Preterm Delivery May Be Linked to Depression

A study of approximately 800 pregnant women found that their risk of preterm delivery was higher if they were depressed and it increased with the severity of their depressive symptoms. Women with severe depression had more than twice the risk of delivering their babies preterm compared to their non-depressed peers. Ninety-eight percent of women were not taking antidepressants. Preterm delivery was defined as less than 36 weeks gestation. It’s the leading cause of infant mortality and morbidity. The women’s mental status was determined in points ten weeks into their pregnancy.

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