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Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental

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ANDRADE, Marcela et al. Maternity blues in postpartum women and associated factors. Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental [online]. 2017, n.18, pp.8-13. ISSN 1647-2160.

BACKGROUND: Pregnancy and motherhood are important in women's lives, but they can generate physical and emotional changes making them vulnerable. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the presence of maternal sadness symptoms experienced by postpartum women and their associated factors. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional, quantitative study of 278 women admitted to a Maternity Hospital in the Northwest of Paraná, Southern Brazil, between January and June 2015. The Edinburgh Depression Scale (EPDS) and The Brazilian Humor Scale (BRAMS) for data collection. RESULTS: Scores ≥11 in the EPDS were statistically associated with low economic status, multiparity, unplanned pregnancy, history of depression and sleep disturbance. Regarding BRAMS, women with per capita income above R$ 300.00 reais showed feelings of vigor; however, feelings of anger, depression and fatigue were shown to be associated with multiparity, unplanned pregnancy, history of depression and sleep disturbance. CONCLUSIONS: The high percentage of women who presented depressive symptoms justifies the importance and need of care for women's mental health in the gestational and puerperal periods, since they are periods of vulnerability and transformation.

Keywords : Mental health; Postpartum period; Postpartum depression; Epidemiology.

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