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14 March 2011

'Pre-baby blues' due to lack of support from partner

Research shows that a bad relationship with a husband or partner is the strongest predictor of maternal emotional distress during pregnancy and can lead to baby-blues.

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 the journal BMC Public Health shows that a bad relationship with their husband or partner is the strongest predictor of maternal emotional distress.

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.

 
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