|Randomized trial examining the effect of exercise and wellness interventions on preventing postpartum depression and perceived stress.
Lewis BA, Schuver K, Dunsiger S, Samson L, Frayeh AL, Terrell CA, Ciccolo JT, Fischer J, Avery MD. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 Nov 22;21(1):785.
The wellness intervention was efficacious for preventing symptoms of depression; however, postpartum depression that met the diagnostic criteria was surprisingly low in all conditions among this at-risk sample of postpartum women.
Maternal Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms and Infant Feeding Practices.
Phillips WL, Keim SA, Crerand CE, Jackson JL. Breastfeed Med. 2021 Dec 3. d
Of 232 participants, 32 (14%) had clinically elevated OC symptoms. These symptoms were associated with more breastfeeding problems.
Postpartum anhedonia: Emergent patterns in bipolar and unipolar depression.
Gollan JK, Yang A, Ciolino JD, Sit D, Wisner KL. Psychiatry Res. 2021 Dec;306:114274.
Across time, among those who reported postpartum anhedonia, twice as many women had the diagnoses of bipolar depression relative to unipolar depression (65.03% versus 39.47%, respectively). Moreover, the rate and stability of anhedonia was higher in women with bipolar relative to unipolar depression. Across groups, anhedonia was associated with significantly higher depressive symptom severity. Anhedonia is a more stable and frequent symptom in women with postpartum bipolar relative to unipolar depressive disorder.
Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD after stillbirth: a systematic review.
Westby CL, Erlandsen AR, Nilsen SA, Visted E, Thimm JC. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 Nov 18;21(1):782. Free article.
Parents who experience stillbirth have a considerably higher risk of reporting symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD compared with parents with live births.
A promising new model of care for postpartum depression: A randomised controlled trial of a brief home visitation program conducted in Houston, Texas, USA.
Van Horne BS, Nong YH, Cain CM, Sampson M, Greeley CS, Puryear L. Health Soc Care Community. 2021 Dec 5.
A short-term home visitation program by a social worker (PST4PPD) appears to be a promising treatment option for postpartum women with mild to moderate PPD symptoms.