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Posted on MAY, 26 2015

Depression is killing. Pregnant women, if ever have any history of depression, must share the issue with their doctors because they have higher risk of developing gestational diabetes. This has been found out from a recent study conducted at researchers from Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON). The findings of ten research are published in the latest issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing.

So, if you are expecting a childbirth, do not let gestational diabetes come in the way. Discuss the history of depression that you had earlier. Your doctor will take proactive measures to curb it out. Gestational diabetes is one of the most emergency disorders in pregnant women and it can trigger irregularity in blood pressure.

As a matter of fact, more than 200,000 pregnancies face severe complications every year due to gestational diabetes. And, if the issue of depression is an add-on to diabetes, it can lead to unfavorably negative outcomes. Pregnant women undergoing depression easily inculcate unhealthy behaviors like alcoholism and smoking. They, many times, miss the prenatal doctor visits, which affect their pregnancy adversely.

The study of the research also indicates the way common depression takes its course during pregnancy; and the importance of screening it, while educating the patients. The co-author of the study and assistant professor at MNSON, Mary Byrn said, “Women with a history of depression should be aware of their risk for gestational diabetes during pregnancy and raise the issue with their doctor. Health-care providers also should know and understand the prevalence and symptoms of prenatal depression and gestational diabetes and screen and manage these women appropriately.”

Depression significantly contributes to poor self-management and this is equally applies to pregnant women, who fail to manage their diabetes. This possibly increases complications in pregnant women. The connection between depression and diabetes; hence, becomes topic of greater concern both for the mother and child.

It is; however, complex to draw a relationship between diabetes and depression. The thought that initiated the research was, “depression in people with diabetes was due to the demands of living with a chronic illness.” Depression can lead to type 2 diabetes in the patients. This is why; it becomes very much necessary to monitor its development in during pregnancy, if any sign of depression was present.

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