Study Shows Millennial Women Often Depressed During Pregnancy

by | July 16, 2018

Are millennial women often depressed? Study thinks so.


University of Bristol researches have expressed that fifty-one percent of younger women are reporting feeling depressed during pregnancy, and new research shows that our lifestyle is to blame, compared to previous generations. With social media being one of the causes.

“First, as compared with the 1990s, the proportion of mothers working has increased substantially, and inflexible work arrangements and work pressure are associated with greater depressive symptoms in mothers,” the scientists wrote in their study, published in JAMA Network Open. “Difficulties balancing work and home may be increasing, and this may be reflected by the increase

of women reporting ‘things are getting too much’ compared with their mother’s generation.”

millennial women often depressed

The growing number of women in the workplace has increased dramatically since pre-millennial times, and millennial women often depressed, are finding it difficult to ‘have it all’, especially as they prepare for welcome children into their family.


Millennial Women Often Depressed


The study followed more than two thousand women during their pregnancy from 1990-1992, tracking their mental wellbeing, and then followed up with the daughters of those women from 2012 and 2016 as they had their own pregnancies.

The results are alarming, with 17% of the first group of millennial women often depressed, are suffering from anxiety and depression, and a full quarter of their daughters experiencing the same. It follows the trend of women who have not given birth, yet are suffering from depression and anxiety at the same alarming rate.

“Chronic stress, sleep deprivation, eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, and the fast pace of modern life may be contributing to an increasing prevalence of depression among young people generally,” the researchers wrote. “The impact of such changes may be amplified when a woman becomes pregnant.”

Among the second generation of women studied, those whose own mothers had experienced depression during pregnancy were more than three times more likely to struggle with anxiety and depression themselves, the researchers found.



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