Skip Nav
POPSUGAR Voices
The Most Powerful Thing You Can Say to Another Mom
Baby Names
Strong and Beautiful Biblical Baby Names That Need to Come Back in Style
Personal Essay
Dear Breastfeeding Moms, Is It Really That Hard to Cover Up?

New Research Identifies Predictors of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression Indicators May Save Mama From Getting Blue

Thanks to stars like Brooke Shields, Gwyneth Paltrow and Amanda Peet, postpartum depression (PPD) is no longer a dirty little secret. All three of the ladies have been open and honest when disclosing their battles with the disorder following the birth of their children. More than simply the "baby blues," PPD is believed to affect between 15 and 20 percent of all mothers. With that many women experiencing PPD, wouldn't it be nice if we knew what caused it so we could try to prevent it? Some Spanish researchers think they can.

A group of scientists believe they have pinpointed a number of factors that will help identify the potential for a new mama to develop the illness with an 80 percent success rate. According to them, the mother's age and her working status throughout her pregnancy can influence the onset of the disease. Older women and expectant gals who worked were found to have lower instances of depression. The study also found that a family history of psychiatric problems and the existence of specific genes in the brain could predict the onset of PPD.

Would knowing these predictors have been helpful to you or a friend who suffered from postpartum depression?

Image Source: Getty
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Best Health and Fitness Gadgets 2016
Norovirus Outbreak at Boston Chipotle
No Excuse Mom Maria Kang Interview
Healthy Alternatives to Kids' Favorite Foods
Maternity Workout Clothes From DLVR Maternity
Toothbrushes For Kids
Why to Feed Your Family Organic

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Moms
X