Pregnancy hormonal changes can cause depression

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Pregnancy hormonal changes can cause depression

It is common that the anxiety or depression not be consulted, because many women believe that their emotional ups and downs are due to pregnancy.

The surge in hormone levels experienced by the women at the beginning of a pregnancy can alter brain chemistry and cause a depression, as it has been proven in research supported by the San Carlos Clinical Hospital and the University of education a Distancia (UNED), which involved pregnant 751, whose results have revealed that around 10% of women have a greater number of depressive episodes during pregnancy.

Depression during pregnancy can have negative consequences in the future baby’s development, as well as the bond between mother and son

Researchers have pointed out that there is a large number and variability in risk factors that can cause depression of pregnant women, from their socio-demographic characteristics, family, or personal, to the quality of their relationship, or exposure to certain vital stressful episodes or obstetric complications.

However, these same experts have pointed out that it is frequent that anxiety disorders or depression not to consult or to diagnose, because many women believe that their emotional ups and downs are one consequence of their status; in fact, Dr. Nuria left, a member of the team that conducted the study, said it is estimated that approximately 65% of the pregnant women who suffer from depression are not diagnosed.

The authors of the paper have wanted to draw attention to the negative consequences that the depression of pregnant women may have in the future baby’s development, as well as the bond between mother and son, and warn that depressed mothers have lower levels of efficiency in the care of their babies, that those who are emotionally healthy. Depressed women are less positive and interact less with the newborn, so these babies are also more retracted, and it has been observed that, long-term, they are children with a worse school performance.

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