Impact of Prenatal Depressive Symptoms on Postpartum Depressive Symptoms

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Subtitle: Mediation Effect of Perinatal Health
Author list: Conde, A., Silva, F., Costa, R.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP): STM Journals
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Spanish Journal of Psychology (1138-7416)
Volume number: 21
Issue number: E28
ISSN: 1138-7416
eISSN: 1988-2904
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


To analyze the mediation effect of perinatal health on the association
between prenatal depressive symptoms and postpartum depressive symptoms
180 women filled the Edinburgh Postnatal Depressive Scale (EPDS) at 35
weeks of gestation and two months after childbirth. Perinatal health
data was collected during the first 4 days after childbirth, using the
Optimality Index. 25.6% of the mothers-to-be presented clinically
significant depressive symptoms, and of these, 80.4% still show
clinically significant depressive symptoms at 2-months postpartum.
Prenatal depressive symptoms predict higher postpartum depressive
symptoms. Additionally, results also showed that the effect of prenatal
depressive symptoms on postnatal depressive symptoms is not mediated by
perinatal health. Mothers-to-be with prenatal depressive symptoms seem
to be at risk for postnatal depression, even when perinatal health is
not compromised. This highlights the importance of early screening of
prenatal depressive symptoms in order to promote an early intervention
on women’s mental health, leading to a better transition to parenthood
and to a decrease of the burden of this public health problem on
children and families.


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