- Exercise during early pregnancy does not reduce risk for depressive symptoms in mid-to-late pregnancy in a high-risk Latina population.
Why this matters
- Depressive disorders affect 18% of pregnant women.
- 25.9% of cohort had elevated depressive symptoms.
- Risk factors for depression included tobacco use (major depression P<.01 elevated bmi depression p and higher levels of parity>
- After adjustment for confounders, exercise was not associated with decreased depressive symptoms in mid-to-late pregnancy in an at-risk population of Latina women.
- Prospective cohort study conducted between 2006 and 2011.
- Women were recruited to participate during early pregnancy (n=820).
- Interviews were used to gather socioeconomic data, symptoms of depression, and physical activity.
- Depression was diagnosed using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS).
- Depressive symptoms were categorized as "at least probable minor depression" (EPDS ≥13) vs "probable major depression" (EPDS ≥15).
- Funding: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
- No information on prepregnancy depressive symptoms.