Preterm Births Higher with PTSD, Depression

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When post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms were combined with a major depressive episode (MDE), the risk of preterm birth for a increased four-fold, according to research.

While prior research has shown that women who took antidepressants and benzodiazepines had higher risk of a preterm delivery, the risk associated with PTSD and a major depressive episode (OR 4.08, 95% CI: 1.27-13.15) is separate from that.

Researchers also found that pregnant women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) had a higher risk of preterm birth. The same was true for those who had experienced an earlier preterm birth.

 

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Pregnant women who had symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder were four times more likely to deliver preterm than women without symptoms, researchers found. Previous research has shown that women who took antidepressants and benzodiazepine ...
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