The study of 13,000 women tracked the progress of around 14,000 children born in the 1990s and their parents. The results of the study showed that women who had previously lost a baby in the past, seemed to experience higher levels of anxiety and depression even after they had gone on to have a healthy baby.
The researchers found that though losing an unborn baby is common and most women will go on to conceive again, the loss of a baby increases depression and anxiety throughout the next pregnancy and for up to three years after giving birth to a healthy baby.
Jean Golding, founder of the Avon project (Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children) said: “This study is important to the families of women who have lost a baby, since it is so often assumed that they get over the event quickly, yet as shown here, many do not. If we offer targeted support during pregnancy to women who have previously lost a baby, we may be able to improve health outcomes for both the women and their children.”
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