Depression during pregnancy has been found to actually be due to gestational diabetes. This is the medical verdict so far on this matter.
A study found that depression during and after pregnancy may be due to gestational diabetes. Those women who felt more depressed early on in their pregnancies were more likely to get a bad case of gestational diabetes later on.
This was in stark contrast to those who didn’t feel depressed to begin with. Therefore the verdict is in. Gestational diabetes and depression go hand in hand. In fact, gestational diabetes may lead to depression after pregnancy too.
Thus postpartum depression was a clear sign of gestational diabetes which came as somewhat of a surprise for the researchers. Gestational diabetes occurs during the pregnancy months. It involves a loss of control over the sugar levels in the blood.
Both the mother and the unborn child may have their lives placed at great risk due to this issue. Mothers are more likely to develop a high blood pressure symptom known as preeclampsia.
This can be a big threat to the life of the mother. Also babies can grow to too large a size in the uterus which means that their birth is a hazard.
In the United States, 9.2% of women contract gestational diabetes. As for postpartum depression, it affects 10% to 15% of mothers within a year’s time span of giving birth.
These statistics are from the records of the CDC. The study involved 2800 women. The health of these women was followed from the start of their pregnancies all the way to conception.
Also their babies’ health was monitored all along. These women filled in questionnaires during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy.
Also at six weeks postpartum, they gave vital information regarding their mental health. The overall depression score of the females was noted down. Also whether or not they had gestational diabetes was recorded with fidelity.
Those who had the highest depression scores in the first and second trimesters had the most chances of acquiring gestational diabetes. Those who were hardy and didn’t develop depression were also free of any signs of gestational diabetes.
This paints a clear picture. Those who had gestational diabetes were four times more likely to develop postpartum depression. The two ailments, one physical and the other mental seemed to have a symbiosis with each other. More research is still needed to confirm and ratify this finding though.