Postpartum anxiety and stress related to prior drug use.

In Brain Disorders, Brain Science by Brainy Days Ahead

New research from North Carolina State University and the University of British Columbia finds that a woman’s lifetime history of drug use can help predict whether the woman will suffer from problems with stress and anxiety after childbirth. The researchers used data from interviews with 100 women in British Columbia who had given birth in the previous three months, were largely from higher socioeconomic backgrounds and were not considered at high risk of postpartum mental health problems. Prior drug use was associated with heightened symptoms of stress and anxiety after childbirth, but was not associated with postpartum depression. Prior alcohol use also was not associated with any postpartum mental health problems.