Journal article

A prospective investigation of the relationships among sleep quality, physical symptoms, and depressive symptoms during pregnancy

Ekaterina Kamysheva, Helen Skouteris, Eleanor H Wertheim, Susan J Paxton, Jeannette Milgrom



The aim of this study was to examine the prospective relationship between pregnancy physical discomforts experienced during the second trimester and late pregnancy depressive symptoms, as well as the mediating effect of sleep quality on antenatal depressive symptomatology. Healthy pregnant women (N=257) completed the Physical Symptoms Questionnaire, the Beck Depression Inventory, and the Pittsburgh Sleep Inventory at early-mid second trimester, and then again at late third trimester. Physical symptoms and sleep quality at the first time point were both correlated moderately with depressive symptoms at late pregnancy. Discomfort associated with physical symptoms was a better predictor of depr..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

[ "Role of the funding source", "An Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP0557181) awarded to EW, SP, HS and JM, funded the research reported here. The ARC had no role in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, nor in writing the manuscript and in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication." ]