More exposure to daylight can fight postpartum depression

Updated:3 months, 3 weeks ago IST

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): Pregnancy and childbirth is a beautiful experience, but it leaves many women with postpartum depression. A recent study suggests that women in late pregnancy during darker months of the year may have a greater risk of developing postpartum depression once their babies are born. This is consistent with what is known about the relationship between exposure to natural light and depression among adults in the general population. The study suggests the need to increase at-risk women to increase their exposure to natural daylight and vitamin D. Although reduced exposure to natural light has been associated with depression among adults in the general population, there is not yet a consensus about whether light exposure or seasonality influences the development of depression during and after pregnancy. Overall, the participants had a 30 per cent risk of depression. The analysis suggested that the number of daylight hours a woman was exposed to during her final month of pregnancy and just after birth had a major influence on the likelihood that she developed depressive symptoms.

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