Elder Primiparas At Less Risk for Post Partum Depression

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Having a first child birth is a very emotional situation among first time mothers. The event where these first time mother will give birth to their first baby involves a lot of adjustments and changes from being a wife to being a mother. This transition among the life of women can cause emotional changes that can affect them during the first week after giving birth. This is medically known as postpartum blues. Some mothers can experience depression without known cause.

According to the National Institutes of Health, postpartum depression can make you feel restless, anxious, fatigued and worthless. Some new moms worry they will hurt themselves or their babies. Unlike the “baby blues,” postpartum depression does not go away quickly. Very rarely, new moms develop something even more serious. They may stop eating, have trouble sleeping and become frantic or paranoid. Women with this condition usually need to be hospitalized.

There are health issues saying that older first time mothers who are giving birth are more at risk of developing postpartum depression, because they find a tough time coping with the adjustments that are happening in their life as a women. However, this increase risk is untrue and has no scientific basis, according to a new Australian study.

The new research which was reported in the journal Fertility and Sterility and led by researcher Catherine McMahon at Macquarie University in Australia cleared out issues that those older women who aged 37 years and above and who are having their first born baby are not of increase risk to develop postpartum depression which could lead to a more severe case of psychosis.

Postpartum depression is a form of clinical depression which usually occurs after giving birth. This affects women especially those who are first time mothers because of the sudden changes that occur brought about by the whole pregnancy and birthing process. Symptoms of this condition can include sadness, fatigue, sleeping and eating pattern changes, reduced libido, crying episodes without external stimulation, anxiety, and irritability.

The new study examined about 266 women who had their pregnancy through a natural process. Also, the study followed 275 women who had their pregnancy through certain fertility treatment available as an option. During the third trimester or the 7th to 9th month of pregnancy, these women were asked to answer the questionnaires prepared by the researchers and after four months, a diagnostic interview followed to determine depression among these first time older mothers.

The findings of the study reveal that among the total study participants, eight (8) per cent of them had major depression symptoms which is lower of what is commonly observed among other first time mothers below the age of 37 years in general.

Moreover, “There is no research evidence to support these speculations,” McMahon said. Although older women are known for having a heightened risk in developing complications of pregnancy, they are not of any other increase risk of developing postpartum depression.




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