Are Moms over 40 Depressed?

As a mother of advanced maternal age, I was interested to see this article about older mothers having a higher risk of depression, from the Huffington Post.

A study performed at the Universty of British Columbia interviewed 8,000 women. Those women over forty were five times more likely to report suffering from depression as new mothers than were new mothers between the age of 35 to 39.

A researcher involved with the study speculates the cause of this increased incidence of depression to be due to greater stress levels, possibly compounded by worry about negative pregnancy and birth outcomes.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Assosiation for the Advancement of Science (AAS) in Vancouver, she said: “Anxiety during pregnancy has been found to be one of the strongest predictors of depression after childbirth.

“There is a lot of rhetoric talking about the biological risk, and that is really discomforting for women in that age group.

I turned 40 just a month after Isla, my second, was born. I wasn’t remotely stressed about the outcome of my pregnancy with her from an age standpoint, but I was concerned about the outcome of my pregnancy because I had hyperemesis gravidarum. Being pregnant with Isla was one of the more stressful, miserable experiences I have ever had….Continue Reading

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