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J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc. 2010 May;16(3):170-7. doi: 10.1177/1078390310370476.

An exploratory study of postpartum depression and vitamin d.

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Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA, murphypa@musc.edu.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Low levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D), a reliable measurement of vitamin D, have been implicated in several mood disorders. To date, studies exploring the relationship between vitamin D and postpartum depression are absent from the literature.

OBJECTIVES:

To determine whether a relationship exists between symptoms associated with postpartum depression and vitamin D levels and to determine if serum 25(OH) D levels can predict the incidence of symptoms associated with postpartum depression.

STUDY DESIGN:

An exploratory, descriptive study using a convenience sample of 97 postpartum women attending seven monthly visits. Women provided serum 25(OH)D samples and completed the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS) at each visit.

RESULTS:

A significant relationship over time was found between low 25(OH)D levels and high EPDS scores, indicative of postpartum depression.

CONCLUSIONS:

Future rigorous studies investigating vitamin D and postpartum depression are warranted with larger sample sizes using confirmatory methods to diagnose postpartum depression.

PMID:
21659271
DOI:
10.1177/1078390310370476

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