Expectant moms who suffer from depression are at greater risk for having an early delivery, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.The researchers found that of more than 14,000 pregnant women, those who were identified for possible clinical depression had an increased chance of preterm birth: 14 percent delivered before the 37th week of pregnancy compared to 10 percent of non-depressed women.
After the researchers accounted for other factors, such as the mother’s race and age, depression was still linked to preterm birth risk. However, there were other variables that the study could not factor in, such as the mother’s smoking and drinking habits during pregnancy, and pre-pregnancy weight. So there could be other explanations.
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