The impact of psychosocial stressors on postpartum weight retention

Neal D. Goldstein, Stephanie Rogers, Deborah B. Ehrenthal

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Excessive gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention are implicated in future morbidity in women. To understand whether psychosocial stressors contribute to weight retention, we used data collected in a cohort of postpartum women and analyzed measures of stress, depression, social support, and health-related quality of life. Depressive symptoms at delivery and worse health-related quality of life and lower stress at 3 months postpartum were associated with 3-month weight retention. Interventions targeting depression and improving quality of life may further reduce weight retained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)691-694
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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