Research Suggests the Power of Social Support in Fighting Postpartum Depression
Such findings can play a key role in helping physicians assist pregnant mothers and their families in designing a plan for after the baby is born. The woman who is trying to go it alone or receives little support at home may be in danger of a heightened stress hormone. Families can be advised on how to deliver the needed support to suppress the likelihood of this common depressive state.
Preparing this plan may be necessary even before the baby arrives. Research in this field suggests that the pCRH levels increase during the third trimester. Those pregnant women with the most dramatic increase tend to demonstrate the most severe postpartum depression.
This assessment can also help women who have a heightened stress hormone who may struggle with depression when not pregnant. Social support can fight the stress responses and may be able to help women maintain greater mental health.
Such assumptions may demand additional research for help in the development of effective treatments, although early indicators suggest that not all depression treatments involve medication.