Pregnancy

Gestational diabetes increases risk of post-natal depression, new study finds

by Barbara Hewitt on January 20, 2017

First time mothers are at a greater risk of developing depression after giving birth if they have suffered from gestational diabetes, new research has found.

Scientists in the United States and Sweden, in the largest study of its kind to date, looked at the effects of gestational diabetes in a group of more than 700,000 women.

Gestinational DiabetesThey also found that women with a history of depression are more than 20 times more likely to experience mental problems after birth than mothers without a previous clinical diagnosis of depression.

And while gestational diabetes alone increased risk, a history of maternal depression in conjunction with gestational diabetes further increased the likelihood.

‘Most practitioners think of these as two isolated and very different conditions, but we now understand gestational diabetes and postpartum depression should be considered together,’ said Michael Silverman, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

‘While having diabetes increases post-natal depression risk for all women, for those women who have had a past depressive episode, having diabetes during pregnancy makes it 70% more likely that they will develop it,’ he added.

In addition to gestational diabetes, the researchers studied more than a dozen other risk factors, including pre-gestational diabetes, for association with post-natal depression in women with and without a history of depression.

Among women with a history of depression, pre-gestational diabetes and mild preterm delivery increased risk. Young age, instrument-assisted or caesarean delivery, and moderate preterm delivery increased risk in women who had no history of depression.

The researchers said that studying the modifying effect of maternal depression risk factors sheds new light on the relationship between diabetes and depression and pointed out that post-natal depression can result in negative personal and child developmental outcomes.

Silverman hopes that clinicians can use the information from the study to intervene early before mothers at risk give birth.

{ 0 comments }

Thumbnail image for Lack of sleep associated with gestational diabetes among Asian women

Lack of sleep associated with gestational diabetes among Asian women

January 11, 2017 Pregnancy

A new study has found a link between insufficient sleep during pregnancy and gestational diabetes among Asian women. The research carried out by teams from medical schools in Singapore is described as the first study to examine the relationship between sleep duration and gestational diabetes in a multi-ethnic Asian population. The findings suggest that addressing […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Sleep disorder during pregnancy increases chances of developing diabetes

Sleep disorder during pregnancy increases chances of developing diabetes

December 26, 2016 Pregnancy

Studies have found that pregnant women who suffer from the sleep disorder apnea are more likely to develop diabetes and high blood pressure. Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that involves repeated stops and starts in breathing. The researchers from the United States found that women with the condition were almost twice as likely […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Diabetic mothers have bigger babies due to blood flow in pregnancy

Diabetic mothers have bigger babies due to blood flow in pregnancy

December 13, 2016 Pregnancy

Scientists have discovered why mother with diabetes have bigger babies after studying how the blood flows from the mother to the unborn child. They found that blood flows preferentially to the placenta instead of the brain in foetuses of mothers with diabetes, hence increasing the size of the infant. Lead author of the study Aparna […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Women who conceive in winter more likely to develop gestational diabetes

Women who conceive in winter more likely to develop gestational diabetes

November 21, 2016 Pregnancy

Women whose babies are conceived in winter are more likely to develop gestation diabetes during their pregnancy, according to new research. A study of more than 60,000 births in South Australia over a five year period is the first population based study of its kind to confirm a seasonal variation in gestational diabetes. The study […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Low vitamin B12 levels in pregnancy can affect child’s predisposition to type 2 diabetes

Low vitamin B12 levels in pregnancy can affect child’s predisposition to type 2 diabetes

November 8, 2016 Pregnancy

A vitamin B12 deficiency during pregnancy may predispose children to metabolic problems such as type 2 diabetes according to new research from scientists in the UK. The findings should be considered in terms of a review of current B12 requirement for pregnant women either through diet advice or supplements say the team of researchers from […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Women with diabetes not preparing ahead for pregnancy, study suggest

Women with diabetes not preparing ahead for pregnancy, study suggest

October 26, 2016 Pregnancy

Women with diabetes in the UK who become pregnant face an increased risk of complications because of a lack of preparation for pregnancy, according to a new report. Few of them are well prepared for coping with their condition during pregnancy despite agreed national guidelines resulting in increased risk of congenital abnormalities, stillbirth and large […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Pregnancy condition pre-eclampsia linked with diabetes risk

Pregnancy condition pre-eclampsia linked with diabetes risk

September 27, 2016 Pregnancy

Researchers have identified a new link between pre-eclampsia in pregnancy and the development of diabetes in later life. The condition, which results in high blood pressure and protein in the mother’s urine, affects 5% to 8% of pregnancies and is the most common cause of severe perinatal ill health. The new study, led by scientists […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Researchers highlight need for universal thresholds for treating gestational diabetes

Researchers highlight need for universal thresholds for treating gestational diabetes

September 16, 2016 Pregnancy

There is an urgent need to find the best threshold to balance the potential benefits and harms of diabetes treatment for pregnant women, according to the authors of new research. The team from the Universities of York and Bristol in the UK and the NHS Bradford Institute for Health Research said it has found a consistent […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for New research aims to understand more about gestational diabetes

New research aims to understand more about gestational diabetes

June 28, 2016 Diabetes General

With the number of women developing diabetes during pregnancy increasing, new research aims to find out more about its effect on mothers and their babies. Gestational diabetes rates are considered to be climbing due to more women being obese and their babies tend to be much bigger and more prone to problems at birth so […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Early research suggests breastfeeding helps combat diabetes risk for mums and babies

Early research suggests breastfeeding helps combat diabetes risk for mums and babies

December 9, 2015 News

Early stage research suggests that breastfeeding could affect a woman’s risk of getting type 2 diabetes and reduce the baby’s risk too. Researchers in Canada believe breastfeeding uses up excess fat and sugar in a mother’s body, helping protect her from diabetes. As well, babies given breast milk are far less likely to become obese, […]

Read the full article →



The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.