Possible Way to Predict PPD?
||Tue, 05-28-2013 - 11:01am
SAN FRANCISCO — Levels of a stress hormone released by the placenta could predict a woman's risk of developing postpartum depression, new research suggests.
The new findings suggest that measuring levels of the hormone, called placental corticotropin-releasing hormone (pCRH), could one day help identify women who are prone to postpartum depression before they give birth.
"Women who show high levels of this hormone prenatally are at increased risk," said study co-author Laura Glynn, a psychologist at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.
Interesting! What do you think? Would you want to have this testing done during pregnancy to see what your chances of developing PPD may be?