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Day-to-Day Mood Changes after Childbirth: Further Data

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 January 2018

R. E. Kendell
Affiliation:
University Department of Psychiatry, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Park, Edinburgh EH10 5HF
W. E. Mackenzie
Affiliation:
University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Birmingham Maternity Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TH
C. West
Affiliation:
Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh EH3 9YW
R. J. McGuire
Affiliation:
University of Edinburgh
J. L. Cox
Affiliation:
University of Edinburgh

Summary

The depression and lability of mood which have been previously reported on the fifth day after childbirth are largely restricted to women with high neuroticism scores. The pattern of day-to-day mood changes is the same after Caesarian section as after vaginal delivery, but there is no ‘day five’ phenomenon after hysterectomy. Post-partum mood disturbance is less prominent in women who return home 48 hours after delivery.

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Copyright © 1984 The Royal College of Psychiatrists 

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