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While postpartum depression has become a fairly well-known condition, women are even more likely to develop depression during pregnancy, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Bristol, in England.
In the study, reported in the August 4 issue of BMJ, more than 9000 pregnant women answered questionnaires that included questions about their mood at 18 and 32 weeks of pregnancy and 8 weeks and 8 months after delivery. While the severity of depression did not differ before or after childbirth, women were more likely to have symptoms of depression during pregnancy than afterward.
Stephenson J. Depression During Pregnancy. JAMA. 2001;286(10):1167. doi:10.1001/jama.286.10.1167-JWM10009-3-1