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Preschoolers whose mothers suffered from depression in the first 9 months postpartum are more likely to be shorter in stature.  Research has suggested that a mothers postpartum depression can impact a child’s growth in their first 2 years.

“The research team found that at age 4, kids with mothers who had reported mild or moderate depression when they were infants were 40% more likely to be in the 10th percentile of height or shorter, compared with other kids their age whose mothers did not report early depression symptoms. By age 5, kids of depressed moms were 48% more likely to be at or below the 10th percentile of height.” -SOURCE

The research doesn’t prove that depressed moms are responsible for shorter children, only that there is a link between the two.  One theory explaining the link between maternal depression and a child’s height are that the mother’s emotional state may cause stress in the child.  High levels of Cortisol, a stress hormone, have been associated with lower growth hormone levels in kids.  Depression may also impact the bonding and breastfeeding relationship between a mother and her baby, resulting in shorter preschoolers.

One Response to “Connection Between Child’s Height & Postpartum Depression”

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    You really make it appear really easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something that I feel I would never understand. It kind of feels too complex and very huge for me. I’m looking ahead for your subsequent post, I’ll try to get the hold of it!

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