A recent study conducted by researchers at Warwick Medical School in the UK found that women who develop postpartum depression are more likely to have two kinds of genetic variants.
The researchers tested 200 pregnant women for depression, and then tested them again at 2-weeks and 8-weeks after they had given birth. Genetic testing showed that those who developed postpartum depression were more likely to have gene variants of the glucocorticoid receptor gene and the corticotrophin-releasing hormone receptor-1 gene. These genes are related to the part of the brain that controls response to stress.
These results could pave the way for the development of a blood test that could determine ahead of giving birth which women are likely to develop postpartum depression, allowing for earlier intervention.
Affecting one in seven mothers, postpartum depression’s symptoms include feelings of worthlessness, negative feelings towards your baby, suicidal thoughts, problems with concentration, and unusual sleeping or eating patterns.
If you are a new mother and are suffering from any of these symptoms, use Vitals to find a postpartum depression specialist.