Depressive and anxiety symptoms through late pregnancy and the first year post birth: An examination of prospective relationships

Karen M. Moss, Helen Skouteris, Eleanor H. Wertheim, Susan J. Paxton, Jeannette Milgrom

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One hundred and fifty-nine women were measured for depressive and anxiety symptoms from late pregnancy through to 12 months postpartum. Partial correlations revealed stability of depressive and anxiety symptoms across time. Depressive symptoms did not predict anxiety at any time point. Anxiety predicted increases in depressive symptoms from late pregnancy to early postpartum, but not from early postpartum to mid postpartum. Anxiety predicted depressive symptoms from mid postpartum to late postpartum, however, not when social support in late pregnancy was controlled for.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-349
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Postpartum
  • Pregnancy
  • Social support

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