Millennial women are 51% more likely to be depressed during pregnancy

Young women born between 1980 and 2000 are 51% more likely to be depressed during pregnancy than their mothers.

The millenials (this famous generation Y born between 1980 and 2000) have the baby blues. According to a study published on the Jama Network, young women in this generation are 51% more likely to suffer from depression during pregnancy than their mothers.

For this study, the researchers followed two generations of mothers in southwestern England, all pregnant between 19 and 24 years of age. They found that young women who gave birth between 2012 and 2016 had higher scores on tests for depressive symptoms than their mothers who had continued their pregnancy between 1990 and 1992.

Out of nearly 2400 first generation mothers, 17% suffered from prenatal depression. A much higher rate for their daughters since one in four young women reported depressive disorders during pregnancy, such as unnecessary reproaches, sleep problems or anxiety. Compared to the previous generation, young women smoke less during pregnancy but they take more antidepressants.

It should be noted that prenatal depression is associated with an increased risk of behavioral and cognitive difficulties in children as well as a greater risk of prematurity. In addition, one study showed that antidepressants taken during pregnancy were bad for children’s hearts.

Shakes Gilles

Editor of The Talking Democrat. He enjoys bike riding, kayaking and playing soccer. On a slow weekend, you'll find him with a book by the lake.