The Relationship between Depression and Body Dissatisfaction across Pregnancy and the Postpartum A Prospective Study

School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Australia.
Journal of Health Psychology (Impact Factor: 1.22). 02/2009; 14(1):27-35. DOI: 10.1177/1359105308097940
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ABSTRACT The overall aim of this study was to examine the relationship between depression and body dissatisfaction across pregnancy and the first 12 months postpartum. During pregnancy, women's (N = 116) perceived attractiveness and strength/fitness remained stable, while feeling fat and salience of weight/shape decreased in late pregnancy. During the postpartum, feeling fat and salience of weight/shape increased. Depression and body dissatisfaction scores were correlated with each other concurrently and across multiple time points. However, in baseline-controlled prospective analyses, only a model of greater depression late in pregnancy predicting body dissatisfaction at six weeks postpartum and feeling fat throughout the postpartum was supported.

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