Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, carried out the research by reviewing the medical records of 20,169 women who delivered babies between June 2015 and August 2017. Out of the 20,169 women, 817 suffered from postpartum depression.
Discussing the findings, Dr. Jie Zhou said: "We wanted to find out whether there are certain factors influencing the risk of developing postpartum depression that may be avoided to improve women’s health, both physically and mentally."
Although there is no clear reasoning behind the findings, the study posted that "seasonal enjoyment of indoor activities mothers experience with newborns" could be an important factor in happiness levels after giving birth. It is also thought that family and friends are more likely to rally around a newborn during the colder months, but the summer sees an increase in social engagements that the new mother will be left out of.
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As well as the time of year, other factors contributing to the likelihood of postnatal depression included body mass index, whether or not an epidural was given, and the length of the pregnancy. Not having an epidural anesthetic during labor increased the risk, but a longer pregnancy lowered it.
Around 10 percent of women suffer from postpartum depression, with symptoms including tearfulness, irritability, feelings of being unable to cope, feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and loss of appetite. Celebrities who have spoken out about having experienced the condition include Gwyneth Paltrow, Adele, and Drew Barrymore.
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