A comparison of depression symptoms and histories in pregnant women

David M. Haas, Jennifer Weida, Ronda Smith, Mary Pell Abernathy

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OBJECTIVE: To identify the prevalence of depression symptoms in an obstetric population. STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey of a diverse group of urban and suburban pregnant women was performed. Self-reported depression history, demographics and current depression symptoms measured by a validated survey instrument were obtained. RESULTS: Of 309 women surveyed, 21.3% reported a prior or current diagnosis of depression, 47% reported past symptoms of depression and 21% noted current depression symptoms. Suburban women more often reported histories of depression, as did Caucasians, when compared with other ethnicities. A logistic regression demonstrated that prior diagnosis of depression was the strongest predictor of current depression symptoms (odds ratio 4.39, 95% confidence interval 2.12-9.07). CONCLUSION: Depression is common in pregnant women, and it is important for providers to screen patients, particularly those with a history of a depression diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Postpartum
  • Pregnancy
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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