A recent study published in the journal Archives of Women’s Mental Health suggests that low vitamin D levels in mothers during pregnancy increases the risk for postnatal depressive symptoms.
Postnatal depression is depression that occurs in mothers after pregnancy, with onset occurring within four weeks of birth and lasting several months to up to a year. Studies have found that 5 to 25% of women suffer from postnatal depression.
Emerging research has shown a correlation between low levels of vitamin D and depressive symptoms. However, most of these studies have only examined the general population, not women specifically and not women after pregnancy specifically.