Marital status affects prenatal and postpartum depression

Here’s a study I found interesting. “Cohabitation as a strong predicting factor of perinatal depression.” (April, 2009, Podolska, Majkowicz, Sipak-Szmigiel, Ronin-Walknowska)

I have to admit at first glance I thought to myself, why are they studying this? What information will this possibly provide us?

But after reading the conclusion, it occurred to me that their results further validates what many of us know to be true and has been documented time and time again: the relationship acts as a foundation for postpartum women and can significantly contribute to how a woman feels after she has a baby.

Their study concluded that the marital status was significantly associated with the presence of prenatal and postpartum depression, specifying that living alone or living together but unmarried both put women at greater risk. Apparently the marital status itself (without measurement of satisfaction) was supportive to some extent. Interesting that co-habitation was a greater risk factor that single motherhood, don’t you think?

Co-habitation may, in some instances, indicate ambivalence? Or lack of commitment? Or insufficient support? Or fear of something that may be unsettling.

Or, I could be completely off base.

Reference: Ginekol Pol. 2009 Apr;80(4):280-4

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