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Maternity Blues

II. A Comparison Between Post-operative Women and Post-natal Women

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018


A new scale for the detection and assessment of maternity blues was completed by 56 women daily for ten days after elective gynaecological surgery. When their responses were compared with those of 87 post-natal women, they differed significantly in frequencies of different symptoms at different times. The findings suggest that post-natal mood changes (‘maternity blues’) are characteristic of the puerperium and not simply non-specific reactions to physical and emotional stress.

Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1989 

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