The team also looked at other factors contributing to postnatal depression, including the length of pregnancy, body mass index, and if an epidural was administered.
The study's lead author, Dr Jie Zhou explained: "We wanted to find out whether there are certain factors influencing the risk of developing postpartum depression that may be avoided to improve women's health both physically and mentally,” The Sun reports.
Researchers found that mothers who received pain relief via an epidural are less likely to be diagnosed with postnatal depression.
If you’re expecting a baby in the warmer months, don’t let this study perturb you — further research is of course required to support these findings.
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