Common symptoms during pregnancy to predict depression and health status 14 years post partum

Khatun, Mohsina, Clavarino, Alexandra M., Callaway, Leonie, Alati, Rosa, Najman, Jake M., Williams, Gail and Mamun, Abdullah Al (2009) Common symptoms during pregnancy to predict depression and health status 14 years post partum. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 104 3: 214-217. doi:10.1016/j.ijgo.2008.10.019

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Author Khatun, Mohsina
Clavarino, Alexandra M.
Callaway, Leonie
Alati, Rosa
Najman, Jake M.
Williams, Gail
Mamun, Abdullah Al
Title Common symptoms during pregnancy to predict depression and health status 14 years post partum
Journal name International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-7292
Publication date 2009-03
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijgo.2008.10.019
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 104
Issue 3
Start page 214
End page 217
Total pages 4
Editor J. J. Sciarra
K. Williams
Place of publication Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
1117 Public Health and Health Services
111706 Epidemiology
920507 Women's Health
920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
To examine the prospective association between symptoms commonly experienced during pregnancy and the mental and general health status of women 14 years post partum.

Data used were from the Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy, a community-based prospective birth cohort study begun in Brisbane, Australia, in 1981. Logistic regression analyses were conducted.


Data were available for 5118 women. Women who experienced a higher burden of symptoms during pregnancy were at greater risk of becoming depressed and reporting poorer health status 14 years post partum. Women who experienced major problems during pregnancy were 4 times more likely to be depressed and nearly 8 times more likely to report poorer health status 14 years after the index pregnancy compared with women who experienced few problems.

Findings suggest that pregnant women who experience common symptoms during pregnancy are likely to experience poorer mental and self-reported general health 14 years after the pregnancy.
Keyword common symptoms
general health status
post partum
Q-Index Code C1
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