Title: Anxiety and depressed mood in obese pregnant women: a prospective controlled cohort study
Authors: Bogaerts, Annick
Devlieger, Roland
Nuyts, Erik
Witters, Ingrid
Gyselaers, Wilfried
Guelinckx, Isabelle
Van den Bergh, Bea # ×
Issue Date: Apr-2013
Publisher: S. Karger AG
Series Title: Obesity Facts vol:6 issue:2 pages:152-64
Article number: 10.1159/000346315
Abstract: Background: The psychological health in obese women during pregnancy has been poorly studied. Objective: To compare levels of anxiety and depressed mood during pregnancy in obese versus normal-weight women. Methods: 63 obese pregnant women and 156 normal-weight controls were included prospectively before 15 weeks of gestation. Levels of state and trait anxiety and depressed mood were measured during the first, second and third trimester of pregnancy. A linear mixed-effect model with repeated measures was used to evaluate group differences. Results: The levels of state anxiety significantly increased from trimester 1 to trimester 3 in obese pregnant women (beta = 3.70; p = 0.007), while this parameter remained constant throughout pregnancy in normal-weight women. Levels of trait anxiety and depressed mood significantly decreased from trimester 1 to trimester 2 in controls, but not in obese pregnant women. Variables such as maternal education, ethnicity, marital state, psychological history and miscarriages, parity and smoking behaviour had significant effects on anxiety and/or depressed moods during pregnancy. Obese pregnant women show higher levels of anxiety and depressive symptomatology compared to normal-weight pregnant women. Conclusion: Interventional programmes aiming at preventing the deleterious influence of maternal obesity on perinatal outcomes should include a psycho-educational program specifically tailored to this high-risk group. Copyright © 2013 S. Karger GmbH, Freiburg.
ISSN: 1662-4025
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Human Genetics - miscellaneous
Health Psychology
Organ Systems (+)
Faculty of health and social work - UC Limburg
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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