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Vitamin D reduces postpartum depression and fatigue among Iranian women


Rouhi, M and Rouhi, N and Mohamadpour, S and Tajrishi, HPR, Vitamin D reduces postpartum depression and fatigue among Iranian women, British Journal of Midwifery, 26, (12) pp. 787-793. ISSN 0969-4900 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12968/bjom.2018.26.12.787


Background: Depression and fatigue have been recognised as common postpartum morbidities. One of the proposed well established aetiologies is vitamin D deficiency, which is prevalent among Iranian women.

Aim: To determine the efficiency of vitamin D supplement on postnatal depression and fatigue.

Method: In this double blind, randomised controlled trial, 80 primiparous women, who scored ≥13 and ≥20 on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the Fatigue Identification Form, respectively, were randomly distributed into the control and intervention groups over 4-10 months following birth. Groups received vitamin D3 1000IU and placebo pills daily for 6 months. Logistic regression tests assessed the relation between variables. Findings Vitamin D decreased depression scores and fatigue scores in the intervention group (P>0.001).

Conclusion: Considering vitamin D supplements as routine postpartum care among high-risk women would be useful. However, more studies are needed to support this conclusion.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Midwifery
Research Field:Clinical midwifery
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Rouhi, M (Mrs Maryam Rouhi)
ID Code:131675
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-03-29
Last Modified:2019-04-10
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