Research Finds Link Between Smoking and Depression Among New Mothers

New mothers who suffer from depression are also likely to smoke. Researchers from temple university say both problems may need to be treated together if women are using cigarettes to help themselves cope with depression.

A new study of over four thousand new moms finds the prevalence of a major depressive episode in the year after giving birth was 46 percent higher among smokers.

Experts say babies who are exposed to secondhand smoke could be at an increased risk for breathing problems, ear infections, and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Data for the analysis came from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study.

In 20 U.S. cities, 4,898 mothers were surveyed at the time of delivery, from 1998 to 2000. In a follow-up survey 15 months later, 4,353 mothers reported their smoking behavior and symptoms of a major depressive episode during the prior 12 months.

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