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Older Mothers Run Higher Risk for Psychosis

Published tisdag 10 februari 2009 kl 11.49

First time mothers over 35 are more likely to suffer from post partum psychosis than younger mothers. Research from medical university Karolinska Institutet shows that compared to mothers aged 19 or younger, a 35 year old first time mother were 2, 4 times as likely to suffer from psychosis. 

The study was based on 750 000 first time mothers in Sweden between 1983 and 2000.

Part of the risk can be explained by the fact that older first time mothers are more likely to have more traumatic deliveries but more extensive research will be needed in order to be sure of why the risk increases with age.

However, according to the scientists, post partum psychosis is so rare that expectant women and their relatives shouldn’t worry about it too much in advance. 

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