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Depression during pregnancy tied to preemie births

Posted: July 25, 2012 |   Comments

(Reuters Health) - Women who have depression symptoms during pregnancy may be more likely to deliver early, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that of more than 14,000 pregnant women, those who screened positive for possible clinical depression had an increased chance of preterm birth: 14 percent delivered before the 37th week of pregnancy, versus 10 percent of other women.

The findings, reported in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, do not prove that depression directly leads to preterm birth.

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