Post partum depression is known to
affect 10 to 18% of mothers. Presently
there is no way to screen for postpartum depression.
Researchers at John Hopkins
University have discovered that the presence of two genes can show the risk of
a woman developing postpartum depression. They said that it can be found
through a simple blood test.
Researchers tracked the changes in genes in pregnant women and found that those who went on to suffer from postpartum depression portrayed more
changes in the two genes.
The two genes were discovered
while researchers looked at how estrogen affected the mood centers of the
The researchers are
optimistic that a simple blood test to find these two genetic markers can point out the risks of postpartum depression in women and such blood tests could be included as part of routine tests during pregnancy.