Mummy-to-be’s who have gestational diabetes are more likely to develop depression after giving birth, a new study has found.
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Karolinska Institutet studied more than 700,000 women, and they discovered that women with a history of maternal depression in conjunction with gestational diabetes are more likely to suffer with postpartum depression (PPD).
“Most practitioners think of these as two isolated and very different conditions, but we now understand gestational diabetes and postpartum depression should be considered together,” lead author of the study Michael E. Silverman told the journal Depression and Anxiety.
“While having diabetes increases PPD risk for all women, for those women who have had a past depressive episode, having diabetes during pregnancy makes it 70 percent more likely that they will develop PPD.”
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Other factors, such as instrument-assisted or cesarean delivery, were also linked to causing PPD in women who had no history of depression.
“The reason a doctor asks if you smoke is because they know you are 20 times more likely to get cancer if you do. We believe OB/GYNs should now do the same for depression history,” Dr. Silverman added.
“With this information, we can now intervene early, before the mother gives birth.”
Between five to ten percent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes in Australia, and it usually occurs around the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy.
While there is no one reason for why it develops in women, factors such as having a family history of type 2 diabetes, being over weight or having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are believed to cause it.
Do you think you are suffering from postpartum depression? If so, then it’s advised you speak with your doctor straight away.