August 25, 2015
Unhealthy outcome from glum mums to be
High numbers of Maori and Pasifika mothers are depressed at some time during pregnancy, according to the latest findings of the Growing Up in New Zealand study.
It says almost one in eight New Zealand woman has depression or anxiety during pregnancy, which has long term consequences.
Depressed mothers struggle to take care of their own health and wellbeing, which can slow the foetus’ growth and increase the risk of a premature birth.
They’re also less likely to make use of maternity services or breastfeed, and more like to be depressed after their child is born.
Study advisor Associate Professor Karen Waldie from the University of Auckland says the findings highlight the need for doctors and midwives to recognise and treat depression and to promote good mental health in pregnancy.
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