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G Nwosu N. Postpartum depression and Physical activity among Women attending postnatal clinics in a Tertiary Hospital in Nigeria. J Research Health. 2021; 11 (5) :1-1
URL: http://jrh.gmu.ac.ir/article-1-1975-en.html
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Public Health University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. , netochinwosu@gmail.com
Abstract:   (141 Views)
Background: The reproductive years comes with its own share of mental health issues with childbirth and the postpartum period being a particularly vulnerable time for mothers increasing the risk of depressive disorders. Postpartum depression has a huge public health effect on the mother and long-term consequence on the child and family. Research has shown that physical activity is beneficial however, such studies are lacking in Nigeria. Therefore, this study sought to look at the association between postpartum depression and physical activity and determine the prevalence among women in a tertiary hospital in Nigeria.
Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted among 401 women attending immunisation and postnatal clinics at the University College Hospital Ibadan. The data was collected using a self-administered questionnaire containing; a self-developed socio-demographic section, Edinburgh postnatal depression scale to measure postpartum depression and International physical activity questionnaire (short type) to assess physical activity. Analysis was done using chi square and a multivariate analysis to determine independent factors. Significance was set at 0.05.
Results: More than a third of the respondents (37.8%) had postpartum depression. Physical activity level was high (72.1%). High levels of physical activity increased the odds of postpartum depression as compared to lower levels (95% CI=0.797-0.97). Gender of child, relationship satisfaction, age of child, were independently associated with postpartum depression.
Conclusion: This study shows that prevalence of postpartum depression is greater than previously reported in past studies in southwest Nigeria and high levels of physical activity may increase the risk of postpartum depression.
     
Type of Study: Orginal Article | Subject: Health Psychology and Social Health
Received: 2021/06/22 | Accepted: 2021/07/31 | Published: 2021/08/19

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