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The World in Medicine
September 12, 2001

Depression During Pregnancy

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JAMA. 2001;286(10):1167. doi:10.1001/jama.286.10.1167-JWM10009-3-1

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.

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