Study: Shorter maternity leave leads to depression

December 16, 2013 6:36:58 AM PST
A new study finds new moms who don't take enough time off after giving birth are at higher risk of developing postpartum depression.

Researchers in Maryland followed more than 800 new moms for one year. They found those who returned to work at six weeks were more likely to feel overwhelmed and sad compared to women who took 12 weeks off after childbirth. On the contrary, researchers say new moms who took six months off also experienced anxiousness and other symptoms of postpartum depression.