Women who give birth in winter at greater risk of PND
The study, published in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine, found that over a third (35%) of mums-to-be who saw their final trimester fall between August and November suffered depression, compared to around a quarter (26%) of women who had summer babies.
depression, the woman’s age, her socioeconomic status and how much she slept.’ data-reactid=34>Data collected included the amount of daylight women experienced during the final trimester of their pregnancy, along with information about known PND risk factors such as a history of, the woman’s age, her socioeconomic status and how much she slept.
Sunlight is thought to trigger the production of the hormone serotonin, which boosts mood.
“Among first-time mothers, the length of day in the third trimester, specifically day lengths that are shortening compared to day lengths that are short, long or lengthening, were associated with concurrent depressive symptom severity,” said Dr Deepika Goyal of San José State University.
“Women should be encouraged to get frequent exposure to daylight throughout their pregnancies to enhance their vitamin D levels and to suppress the hormone melatonin,” added Dr Goyal.
“Daily walks during daylight hours may be more effective in improving mood than walking inside a shopping mall or using a treadmill in a gym.
“Likewise, early morning or late evening walks may be relaxing but would be less effective in increasing vitamin D exposure or suppressing melatonin.”
But what else can pregnant women do to prevent PND?
It causes depressive symptoms such as low mood, anxiety, and withdrawal from others.
NHS although there have been several studies into preventing postnatal depression, there is no evidence that there’s anything specific you can do to prevent the condition developing, apart from maintaining as healthy a lifestyle as possible.’ data-reactid=66>According to the NHS although there have been several studies into preventing postnatal depression, there is no evidence that there’s anything specific you can do to prevent the condition developing, apart from maintaining as healthy a lifestyle as possible.
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