He 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 Dep

A new Norwegian study of over 50,000 moms-to-be concluded that "[t]he 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."
A new Norwegian study of over 50,000 moms-to-be concluded that "[t]he 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." Science Daily reported on the study published in BioMed Central's Journal BMC Public Health. The study examined different factors that could contribute to expectant moms' emotional happiness/unhappiness, including work, family or partner, illness, alcohol and smoking habits. In the end, the researchers determined that a lack of partner support was the most influential when it came to unhappiness. Like most studies, I don't believe this one conclusively proves anything. Perhaps it is true for some (or many) women that lack of partner support would lead to feelings of depression more than anything else. However, for others, it may not be the case. Regardless, I think having your partner or spouse's support when you are expecting is extremely important. If the time leading up to the birth of the baby is difficult, life with a new baby and children can also be difficult -- absolutely full of rewards, but not without stress. Do you (or did you) feel supported during your pregnancy? How has that played out with parenthood? More about depression and pregnancy:

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