'Pre-baby blues' due to lack of support from partner
Pregnancy is meant to be a joyous time however some women experience overwhelming 'baby blues' before the birth of their child. Anxiety and depression during pregnancy can result in premature birth, or low birth weight, and impact the child's health even into early school years. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Public Health shows that a bad relationship with their husband or partner is the strongest predictor of maternal emotional distress. A Norwegian study involving almost 50,000 mums-to-be looked at how these women felt about their work, family or partner, and compared their bouts of illness, alcohol and smoking habits. The amount of support women received from their partners had the strongest link with mental health; those women who were most unhappy with their relationships were the most likely to be depressed.
Illness and troubles at work were also linked to prenatal emotional distress as were problems with alcohol in the preceding year. However a good relationship was a buffer against most everyday stresses. Women who were happy with their partner were better able to cope with difficulties at work, lack of money, or other stressful situations such as moving house or being ill.
While older mothers seemed to be better able to cope during pregnancy, young mums struggled more. Gun-Mette Røsand from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said, "Failure to recognise and treat emotional distress during pregnancy stores up problems for both mother and child, and impacts continuing family welfare. It is important that antenatal courses should include relationship classes and that close attention should be paid to women who lack the support of a good relationship."
Source: BioMed Central
- Caffeine linked to low birth weight babiesWed, 20 Feb 2013, 17:52:45 EST
- Teen moms more likely to have premature babiesThu, 8 Jul 2010, 21:38:23 EDT
- Drinking during pregnancy increases risk of premature birthSun, 10 Apr 2011, 20:31:50 EDT
- Better oral hygiene could reduce complications in pregnancy and help newborn babiesMon, 30 Mar 2009, 23:17:08 EDT
- Flame retardants linked to lower-birth-weight babiesTue, 30 Aug 2011, 16:35:44 EDT
- 'Pre-baby blues' due to lack of support from partnerfrom Science CentricMon, 14 Mar 2011, 17:00:14 EDT
- 'Pre-baby blues' due to lack of support from partnerfrom PhysorgMon, 14 Mar 2011, 4:50:27 EDT
- ‘Pre-baby blues’ due to lack of support from partnerfrom Science BlogSun, 13 Mar 2011, 20:30:59 EDT
- 'Pre-baby blues' due to lack of support from partner, study findsfrom Science DailySun, 13 Mar 2011, 20:30:22 EDT
Latest Science NewsletterGet the latest and most popular science news articles of the week in your Inbox! It's free!
Learn more about
Check out our next project, Biology.Net
From other science news sites
Popular science news articles
- From ocean to land: The fishy origins of our hips
- New method of finding planets scores its first discovery
- Invasive crazy ants are displacing fire ants in areas throughout southeastern US
- Seabird bones reveal changes in open-ocean food chain
- Scientific insurgents say 'Journal Impact Factors' distort science
No popular news yet
No popular news yet
- Stem cell transplant restores memory, learning in mice
- 2 landmark studies report on success of using image-guided brachytherapy to treat cervical cancer
- Calculating tsunami risk for the US East Coast
- Researchers discover mushrooms can provide as much vitamin D as supplements
- Cutting back on sleep harms blood vessel function and breathing control