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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Mothers who suffer from severe postpartum depression in the months after having their babies may actually have children who are shorter than their peers, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found. From MSNBC.com:
Researchers who followed more than 6,000 mothers and babies found that when moms reported moderate to severe symptoms of depression in the nine months following delivery, their children were more likely to be shorter than others as kindergarteners, according to the report published in the journal Pediatrics.
In fact, 5-year-olds with moms who’d suffered symptoms of postpartum depression were almost 50 percent more likely than their peers to be in the shortest 10 percent of kids that age.
The new research doesn’t explain how kids with depressed moms end up shorter. That’s something the researchers are looking into right now, said the study’s lead author Pamela J. Surkan, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Surkan suspects, however, that depression might get in the way of nurturing.
“We think that mothers who are depressed or blue might have a hard time following through with caregiving tasks,” Surkan said.
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Thursday, June 21st, 2012
A new study has found that new mothers who either read or write blogs report feeling less lonely, isolated, and stressed than mothers who don’t. The study, performed by researchers at Penn State University and Brigham Young University, found that the emotional support mothers get from blogging benefits them in many areas of life.
“It looks like blogging might be helping these women as they transition into motherhood because they may begin to feel more connected to their extended family and friends, which leads them to feel more supported,” said Brandon T. McDaniel, graduate student in human development and family studies at Penn State in a statement “That potentially is going to spill out into other aspects of their well being, including their marital relationship with their partner, the ways that they’re feeling about their parenting stress, and eventually into their levels of depression.”
Social networking, including Facebook, did not appear to have the same benefits as blogging, the study found. And blogging, though, helpful, was not an antidote to the stress of new motherhood.
“We’re not saying that those who end up feeling more supported all of a sudden no longer have stresses, they’re still going to have those stressful moments you have as a parent,” said McDaniel. “But because they’re feeling more supported, their thoughts and their feelings about that stress might change, and they begin to feel less stressed about those things.”
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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
In an interview on the Dr. Drew television program, actress Lisa Rinna, who is married to the actor Harry Hamlin, revealed that she suffered in silence from postpartum depression after the birth of her first now-teenaged daughter. HLN.com has the interview, which was to promote Rinna’s new book on sexuality:
“After having my first daughter Delilah, I had severe postpartum depression,” she explained. “I kept it a secret. I didn’t say a word to anybody in the world. [My husband] thought I was just nuts. He had no idea what was going on and I was so hopeless and felt so lost.”
She added, “Ten months later, [I] opened up to him and told him how worthless I felt. My self-esteem was gone. I didn’t want to have sex. It was opening up something that I felt so much shame about was the most valuable thing that I could have done.”
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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Mothers who are depressed are more likely to wake up their babies during the night, even if the child is fine, a new study published in the journal Child Development has found. CNN.com reports:
In the study, published in the journal Child Development, researchers at Pennsylvania State University observed 45 families over the course of a week. The children ranged in age from 1 month to 2 years. Moms were asked questions about a variety of issues from how they were doing emotionally to the baby’s sleep patterns.
Cameras were also installed to watch how the moms interacted with their babies in the middle of the night.
Here’s what they found: Moms who had higher levels of symptoms of depression were more likely to respond to minor sounds, wake their baby up and nurse them (even if they weren’t hungry) or pick their sleeping child up and put them in bed with them. It can be a vicious cycle.
“The more sleep you lose, the more likely you are to feel depressed,” says lead author Douglas M. Teti, a professor of human development, psychology and pediatrics at Pennsylvania State University.
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Monday, January 23rd, 2012
The actress Bryce Dallas Howard, who is also the daughter of actor, producer, and director Ron Howard, gave birth to Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel, her second child with husband Seth Gabel. The couple’s son, Theo, is 4 years old.
US Magazine reports that the proud grandfather shared the news of his granddaughter’s arrival via Twitter, saying, “Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel. Born Jan 19 2012 8lbs 6oz. Bryce & Baby B are spectacular. Daddy Seth & brother Theo are beaming ear to ear ”
According to the magazine, the actress suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her son, writing on Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog GOOP, “Do I wish I had never endured postpartum depression? Absolutely. I…feel deep gratitude for those who stood by me, for the lesson that we must never be afraid to ask for help.”
For more celebrity pregnancy news, check out Parents.com’s Celebrity BumpWatch 2012.
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