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23 June 2011

Eating disorders up depression in pregnancy

Although depression strikes many women during pregnancy or after giving birth, those who have had an eating disorder or suffered physical or sexual abuse are more likely to develop the condition, according to a new study.

Although depression strikes one in 10 women during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth, those who have had an eating disorder or suffered physical or sexual abuse are more likely to develop the condition, according to a new study.

The drastic changes in the shape of a woman's body - as well as her weight and hormone levels during a time of major life transition - can be especially difficult for those with a history of psychiatric issues, she added.

Mental health important in pregnancy

 
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