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Postpartum Depression Risk in Women with Asthma

J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract; ePub 2018 Oct 4; Blais, et al

Women with asthma are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression, a recent study found. Researchers analyzed a population-based cohort of 35,520 pregnancies in women with asthma during pregnancy and 197,057 pregnancies in women without asthma who delivered between 1998 and 2009. They were followed from day of delivery up to 1 year postpartum. Among the findings:

  • Postpartum depression within 1 year after delivery occurred in 6.1% of women with asthma vs 2.9% of women without asthma.
  • After adjusting for potential confounder, women with asthma were 58% more likely to experience postpartum depression within 1 year after delivery than women without asthma during pregnancy (adjusted odds ratio: 1.58).
  • Close monitoring of signs of depression for pregnant women with asthma is indicated and may allow prompt and efficient interventions if needed.


Blais L, Salah Ahmed SI, Beauchesne MF, Forget A, Kettani FZ, Lavoie K. Risk of postpartum depression among women with asthma. [Published online ahead of print October 4, 2018]. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2018.09.026.