Research from Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing indicates that women with a history of depression may be at risk for developing diabetes during pregnancy. This comes on the heels of how common depression already is during pregnancy itself, and thus calls for a need for screening and education.
Loyola researchers used the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screen to measure symptoms of depression in 135 pregnant women attending routine prenatal care visits. 65 participants had gestational diabetes, and were 3.79 times more likely to have a history of depression than women without gestational diabetes. In addition, 20% of women with gestational diabetes and 13% of women without gestational diabetes had significant symptoms of depression. Anxiety and perceived stress were significant predictive factors of depression for both groups.
Doctors and healthcare providers should be aware of the symptoms of gestational diabetes, especially in cases where the patient has a history of depression to manage the treatment of these women.