Headaches and depressive symptoms among pregnant population
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Department of Midwifery, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Christina Bala   

Department of Midwifery, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A143
Migraine and depression are known to be comorbid conditions in general population. This correlation is also confirmed to pregnant population. However , there are no studies for other types of headaches and the occurrence of depressive symptoms in women in perinatal period.

Material and Methods:
The survey conducted from October 2022 to February 2023 at General Hospital Elena Venizelou Alexandra (ethical approval 20306/6-10-22). A demographic questionnaire ,a translated Greek version of EPDS and one for classification of headaches were administrated to women who give birth the above period. Women with premature labor were excluded.

A total of 310 women were included. The headaches were classified in four categories Migraine, Possible migraine (PM), Tension Type Headache (TTH) and Unclassified Headache (UH). A statistical significant association was found among the migraineurs and the symptoms , make harm to themselves (p-value= 0,000<0.05), fear (p-value= 0,002<0.05) and sadness (p-value= 0,000<0.05). On the other hand the women with Unclassified Headaches are less likely to feel fear, sadness or want to harm themselves . There wasn’t found a statistical significant association between anxiety and headache.

TTH, PM and UH are seemed not to be risk factors for peripartum depression. Depressive symptoms demonstrate stronger correlation among migraineurs.

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