New study finds having a baby in winter means you're less likely to have 'baby blues'
The days are short and the evenings are gloomy.
But its isn't all bad news, guys – certainly not for mothers who are expecting their babies in the next couple of months, according to a new study.
Yep, that's true. Some intriguing new research has shown that women who give birth in winter (and also spring) are less likely to suffer the 'baby blues' than those who give birth at other times of the year.
This might sound a bit odd, given that so many of us naturally feel more anxious and 'down' during the winter months, but the researchers from Harvard Medical School believe the reasons for their findings actually make good sense: Being that friends and family are more likely to rally round and help as the weather turns colder and are on hand to offer greater psychological support.
In comparison, during the summer months, people are more likely to just assume you are coping OK; hence often leaving new mums feel more abandoned and alone.
Dr Jie Zhou, from Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, was one of the lead researchers in the Harvard study, which reviewed the medical records of 20,169 women who had babies between June 2015 and August 2017, and explained her team's findings this way:
"We wanted to find out whether there are certain factors influencing the risk of developing postpartum depression that may be avoided to improve women's health both physically and mentally," she explains. "We have a few theories. Delivery will typically confine mothers to indoor activities with the newborn babies. It is naturally occurring for postpartum women in winter. Holiday season in the winter is very enjoyable."
Another explanation for the seasonal dip in baby blues could be down to something as simple as Vitamin D levels.
"Literature has linked postpartum depression to Vitamin D," Zhoe explains. "Its storage may deplete in a few months without proper supplement or sun exposure, which could be related."