The relationship between self-esteem, positive emotions and depression during pregnancy and locheia

Moraitou M, Galanakis M, Chatzitheodorou M, Markou A

Department of Midwivery, Alexandreio Technological Educational Institution, Thessaloniki, Greece
 
Correspondence: Galanakis M, Department of Midwifery, Alexandreio Technological Educational Institution, Thessaloniki, Greece. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 

Abstract

Postpartum depression is a common psychological disorder which affects women after giving birth. Depression symptomatology prior to pregnancy has been linked to specific positive and negative emotions and self-esteem levels. The present study investigates the relationship of positive and negative emotions, self-esteem and depression with postpartum depression levels in a sample of 91 women. In our sample, 46.7% of women experienced depression symptomatology during the 35th week of gestation and 50% experienced analogous symptoms during the first week after giving birth. Our results indicated that prepartum depression increases the risk of postpartum depression. Self-esteem did not seem to affect postpartum depression levels, while only specific positive and negative emotions play a certain role in the development of postpartum depression. 
 

Key words: postpartum depression; pregnancy; positive emotions; self-esteem