‘Love Hormone’ Levels in Pregnancy May Point to Risk for Postpartum Depression

‘Love Hormone’ Levels in Pregnancy May Point to Risk for Postpartum Depression

Oxytocin, the hormone responsible for creating strong bonds between mother and infant that is crucial for infant development, can also cause postpartum depression in mothers with a history of depression, a new study shows.

An study conducted at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, showed that women with a history of depression had higher levels of depression six weeks after giving birth when their oxytocin levels were higher during the pregnancy.

Researchers theorize that a past history of depression can change the oxytocin receptor by causing the body to release more oxytocin in depressed women as a means of combating it.

More research could help in creating tests that predict the probability of postpartum depression in pregnant women.

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‘Love Hormone’ Levels in Pregnancy May Point to Risk for Postpartum Depression

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