Women reporting insomnia during pregnancy may be more likely to experience anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) postpartum, according to results from a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

The Depression and Anxiety in the Perinatal Period (DAPP) study is a prospective, population-based cohort study of women scheduled to deliver at Ålesund Hospital in Norway. The DAPP administered 2 questionnaires to participants: 1 during pregnancy week 17 and 1 during postpartum week 8. The Bergen Insomnia Scale and Hopkins Symptom Checklist were used to measure insomnia and anxiety, respectively.

OCD symptoms and depression were also assessed, as were sociodemographic characteristics, and infant data were extracted from hospital birth records. The investigators assessed the relationship between anxiety and certain perinatal characteristics, including insomnia and depression, with linear mixed models.

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