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Biomarker predicting depression in pregnancy identified

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Depression is very common during pregnancy, with as many as one in seven women suffering from the illness.

Scientists have identified a blood biomarker that can predict women who are likely to suffer from depression during pregnancy, or give birth to low-weight babies.
Depression is very common during pregnancy, with as many as one in seven women suffering from the illness and more than a half million women impacted by postpartum depression in the US alone.

The disorder not only affects the mother’s mood, but has also been linked to influencing the newborn’s development, researchers said. 

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