It was a light week, but a lot of articles on depression and anxiety in expectant and postpartum fathers. Perinatal anxiety and depression are less common in men as compared to women but still a significant concern, especially because the father’s mental health issues may coincide with and exacerbate maternal depression and anxiety.
Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD
Underwood L, Waldie KE, Peterson E, D’Souza S, Verbiest M, McDaid F, Morton S. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Feb 15.
Expectant fathers were at risk (2.3%) of depressive symptoms during pregnancy if they felt stressed or were in poor health. Depressive symptoms were more common during the postpartum period (4.3%) and were associated with adverse social and relationship factors.
Fathers’ views and experiences of their own mental health during pregnancy and the first postnatal year: a qualitative interview study of men participating in the UK Born and Bred in Yorkshire (BaBY) cohort.
Darwin Z, Galdas P, Hinchliff S, Littlewood E, McMillan D, McGowan L, Gilbody S; Born and Bred in Yorkshire (BaBY) team. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 Jan 26;17(1):45.
Fathers experience psychological distress in the perinatal period but question the legitimacy of their experiences.
Charandabi SM, Mirghafourvand M, Sanaati F. Community Ment Health J. 2017 Feb 14.
Sundström Poromaa I, Comasco E, Georgakis MK, Skalkidou A. J Neurosci Res. 2017 Jan 2;95(1-2):719-730. Review. Free Article
Liu C, Cnattingius S, Bergström M, Östberg V, Hjern A. BJOG. 2016 Nov;123(12):1973-1982. Free Article
New paternal prenatal depression was associated with very preterm birth [adjusted OR (aOR) 1.38, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.04-1.83], whereas recurrent paternal depression was not associated with an increased risk of preterm birth. Both new and recurrent maternal prenatal depression were associated with an increased risk of moderately preterm birth (aOR 1.34, 95% CI 1.22-1.46, and aOR 1.42, 95% CI 1.32-1.53, respectively).
Juulia Paavonen E, Saarenpää-Heikkilä O, Pölkki P, Kylliäinen A, Porkka-Heiskanen T, Paunio T. Sleep Med. 2017 Jan;29:47-56.
Symptoms of insomnia were more prevalent among women than among men (9.8% vs. 6.2%), whereas sleep debt was less prevalent among women than among men (4.5% vs. 9.6%). Overall, 11.8% of the women and 14.9% of the men reported either significant insomnia or short sleep. Symptoms of insomnia were related to symptoms of depression both among women and men (AOR 3.8, 95% CI 2.6-5.6 vs. AOR 1.9, 95% CI 1.1-3.2), while short sleep was related to depression among women (AOR 3.3, 95% CI 1.8-5.8).
Suto M, Takehara K, Yamane Y, Ota E. J Affect Disord. 2017 Mar 1;210:115-121.