New research shows that poor support and/or a bad relationship is the strongest predictor of maternal emotional distress, or the...
New research shows that poor support and/or a bad relationship is the strongest predictor of maternal emotional distress, or the pre baby blues, among mamas-to-be. This new Norwegian study looked into the lives of around 50,000 pregnant women. Researchers looked at all sorts of variables, such as how these soon to be moms felt about their work and their family or partner. Then the researchers looked at bouts of illness, alcohol and smoking habits and so on. Results - the women getting the most support from their partners also had the strongest mental health. Women who said they were unhappy with their partner were more likely to be depressed. According to the researchers, a happy relationship acts as a buffer against stress. For example, when problems at work or with money pop up, women with supportive partners coped better. Science Daily notes that researcher Gun-Mette Røsand says...
"Failure to recognize 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."This study is kind of a "duh" moment. I mean, really, isn't it obvious that poor partners make for less healthy women overall, including when said women are pregnant. I do like Røsand's point about including relationship components in prenatal classes. Learn more about the baby blues:
- Six ways to prevent the baby blues
- Signs of postpartum depression
- Prevent postpartum depression now
- Mood lifting essential oils for mamas
- Dads can get depressed too