Maternal depression 'most common when child is four'

Depression is more common in first-time mothers when the child is four years old than at any time during the 12 months after giving birth, according to a major new study from Australia.

The study should change approaches to maternal health, researchers said. Credit: Press Association

The research shows almost one in three first-time mothers reported depressive symptoms at least once between pregnancy and four years after giving birth.

Advertisement

Maternal depression 'most common when child is four'

Depression is more common in first-time mothers when the child is four years old than at any time during the 12 months after giving birth, according to a new study.