The Prevalence of Postnatal Depression in Women with a History of Bariatric Surgery [33R]

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Obesity is associated with postnatal depression; however, the prevalence of postnatal depression in women after bariatric surgery has not been further evaluated.


For this observational investigation, women, ages 18-45 years, with pregnancy from 1989-2015 and bariatric surgery were identified using the Olmsted County Rochester Epidemiology Project and ICD-9 codes. Those with surgery after pregnancy and/or without permission to use their records were excluded. Charts were reviewed for maternal and infant characteristics and outcomes. Postnatal depression was identified from a positive screen, referral for mood disorder, antidepressant medication increase, suicidality, or provider diagnosis from delivery to 12 months postpartum.


Ninety-one women with pregnancy >23 weeks after surgery and available data were reviewed. The average body mass index at time of surgery was 47±8.6 kg/m2 (N=88) and at time of pregnancy 32±6.6 kg/m2 (N=89). The average age at surgery was 29±4.1 years and at delivery 33±4.4 years. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass was the most common surgery (N=70, 77%). Pregnancy outcomes included: 14% preterm deliveries (<37 weeks, N=13), 67% vaginal deliveries (N=61), no stillbirths, and 97% singleton deliveries (N=88). Mean singleton birthweight was 3225 grams (±471, N=86). Postnatal depression was noted in 38% of women (N=35), which is significantly higher than that for obese women in general (13-18%) when a 1-sample proportion test is conducted for comparison (38%vs18%, p <0.0001).


Postnatal depression may be increased in women with a history of bariatric surgery. Further investigation is needed, but particular care should be taken to screen and diagnose these high-risk women.

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