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What the New York Times Got Right About Depression in Pregnancy

By Christiane Manzella, PhD, FT, clinical director of the Seleni Institute, a nonprofit mental health and wellness center for women and mothers in New York City. Andrew Solomon did an incredible service to women, mothers and families with his latest piece in the New York Times Magazine, " The Secret Sadness of Pregnancy With Depression."

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Part of the reason for maternal depression during pregnancy is the lack of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet of the mother.  The fetus is pulling omega-3 fatty acids out of the mother’s reserves to make new fetal brain cells.  If the mother is not replenishing those omega-3 fatty acids (especially in the brain), the result can be depression

 

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