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Still on watching out for mom: prior eating disorder is linked to depression during pregnancy and beyond

Depression in a mom affects her and the entire family. For example, children of mothers with depressive symptoms have higher rates of emotional and behavioral problems. This makes it important to fully understand which mothers are at a risk of depression and how to prevent and treat the condition.

Researchers in this recent study found that women with a history of eating disorder were more likely to experience depressive symptoms during pregnancy and up to 18 years after childbirth. This finding is particularly important for pregnant women and their healthcare teams. It indicates that need for long-term monitoring of the mental health of women with a history of an eating disorder. What's good for mom, is great for the entire family.

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