Almost 1 in 5 women face depression during pregnancy and experience fatigue and irritability, making it even harder. The study found that fetuses of women suffering from depression had weaker white matter connections with the brain. The research shows why children of depressed mothers suffer from a high risk of developing depression.
In the research, 53 pregnant women were included and they were asked EPDS survey questions. The questions were asked concerning the depression symptoms during the second and third trimester and at three months postpartum. Diffusion MRI was also used, which an imaging technique that can show the structural connection between different brain zones.
From the MRI results, it was found that pregnant women suffering from depression had weaker white matter connections with regions of the brain. In the next step, the children were observed. Their dMRI scans were analyzed and within 6 months of the scans, the behavioral assessments were performed.
It was found that children are more likely to show erratic behavior and mood instability if their mothers had experienced depression during pregnancy. They had weaker white matter connections. White matter is a component of the central nervous system and joins four lobes of the brain and the limbic system, which is considered the emotion center of the brain.
He says we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of positive behavior and mindset, as in depression we see last moods last longer and it is very hard to take action for change. If you have any comment about this, you also can give some informations.
Different studies have shown that around 1 in 5 women suffers from mood or anxiety disorder during pregnancy. This could be due to a number of reasons including a history of depression or mood disorder, lack of familial or social support, financial issues, family or domestic violence, negative feelings about the pregnancy, and chronic stress or illness.