Weekly Roundup for FEBRUARY 19, 2021: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

By | February 24, 2021

Probiotics as a treatment for prenatal maternal anxiety and depression: a double-blind randomized pilot trial.

Browne PD, Bolte AC, Besseling-van der Vaart I, Claassen E, de Weerth C.  Sci Rep. 2021 Feb 4;11(1):3051. Free article.

This study did not reveal differences between the groups for improving maternal mood.


Validation of the 7-item Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD-7) as a screening tool for anxiety among pregnant Chinese women.

Gong Y, et al.  J Affect Disord, March 2021.

The optimal cutoff score of GAD-7 for pregnant Chinese women was 7.  The GAD-7 offers an acceptable performance in screening prenatal anxiety in China.


Are pregnant women at higher risk of depression underdiagnosis?

Faisal-Cury A, Rodrigues DMO, Matijasevich A.  J Affect Disord. 2021 Feb 1;283:192-197.

In the adjusted analysis, being pregnant was significantly associated with depression underdiagnosis (aOR 3.55, 95% CI 1.66:7.60). Nonwhite skin color women were also at higher risk of depression underdiagnosis (aOR 1.53, 95% CI 1.09:2.14).


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in a Cohort of Pregnant Active Duty U.S. Military Servicewomen.

Abramovitz LM, Lutgendorf MA, Bukowinski AT, Gumbs GR, Conlin AMS, Hall C.  J Trauma Stress. 2021 Feb 5.

Among PTSD cases, the most common mental health comorbidities were depressive disorder (60.9%), adjustment disorder (43.4%), and anxiety disorder (39.3%). During pregnancy, 44.2% of PTSD cases and 7.2% of noncases received psychotropic medications. 


The Crisis of Perinatal Mental Health in the Age of Covid-19.

Osborne LM, Kimmel MC, Surkan PJ.  Matern Child Health J. 2021 Feb 4:1-4.

Exploring Links Between Prenatal Adversity and Adolescent Psychiatric Risk in a Canadian Population-Based Sample.

Faltyn M, Savoy C, Krzeczkowski JE, Ferro MA, Colman I, Van Lieshout RJ.  J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021 Feb 3.


Exposure to prenatal adversity in the form of maternal health problems was correlated with an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and anxiety disorders in adolescence.

Psychological impact and social support in pregnant women during lockdown due to SARS-CoV2 pandemic: A cohort study.

Brik M, Sandonis MA, Fernández S, Suy A, Parramon-Puig G, Maiz N, Dip ME, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Carreras E.  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2021 Feb 2.

A lockdown scenario during the first wave of the SARS-CoV 2 pandemic increased the symptoms of anxiety and depression among pregnant women, particularly affecting those with less social support.

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