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Impact of Folate, Obesity and Genetics on Maternal Depression

Research is desperately needed to inform safe and effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of maternal depression. An important first step to understanding whether nutrition may serve as an intervention and improve maternal mental health, is to elucidate the relationship between nutrition and depression during the peripartum period (during pregnancy and after). The aims of this study will address a gap in knowledge and provide insights into the relationship between nutrition and maternal depression which will take us a few steps closer to identifying whether dietary modifications or supplements may provide an inexpensive, easily modifiable intervention for the prevention of peripartum depression.

Investigator: Avalos, Lyndsay

Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

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