A new study has found a surprising link between the seasons and the occurrence of post-natal depression.

While many might guess mothers who give birth in the warmer months are less likely to suffer from postnatal depression, US researchers have found the opposite to be true.

According to the study presented at the Anesthesiology 2017 meeting in Boston, women who give birth in Winter or Spring are less likely to battle postnatal depression than other seasons.

The US research team examined the medical records of 20,169 women who gave birth between June 2015 and August 2017.

Researchers suggested that the positive effects of having a baby in Winter or Spring could be linked to the “seasonal enjoyment of indoor activities mothers experience with newborns”.

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  • PND could be a problem warm to hot weather as body heat transfers and both of you feel uncomfortable and unhappy. You are trying to bond with your baby who is getting hot and distressed. Your get agitated whether you are already or not. Cold wet weather you tend to not want to go out, and it’s easy to isolate yourself. You miss out on adult interaction. That makes you lonely and downhearted


  • My boys were born in March and July and I never suffered from PND


  • My first was in spring and my second in winter. That being said we did live in Queensland so it was pretty much summer when my daughter was born (October). I don’t really see how this research could have much credibility.


  • Not sure that I agree with this.


  • This actually makes sense. My son was an Autumn baby and a screamer for the first 12 months. Albeit with colic, but it took so long to figure it out. It meant I didn’t want to leave the house, and the winter months obviously made it harder to get out and do things. This results in a little isolation with a screaming baby. I did suffer PND and I know the reasons why however, the season may have contributed a little.


  • My babies were born in august and November. I had PND with the august baby.


  • My kids were born in the European summer, but celebrate there birthdays now in the Australian winter.


  • I had a Spring baby and this wasn’t true for me.


  • My daughter was born at the end of August (end of winter) and I never suffered Post Natal Depression. In my case it looks right thus.


  • I couldn’t think of anything worse than a brand new baby in the heat of summer. There is so much skin contact at that age it would be so much harder when its 40 degrees every day. At least with even 2 or 3 months to adjust to a new bub it would make it a bit easier.


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