Association of depression with complications of diabetic pregnancy: A retrospective analysis

Puneet K. Singh, Patrick J. Lustman, Ray E. Clouse, Kenneth E. Freeland, Maria Perez, Ryan J. Anderson, Emmanuel Vlastos, Dorothea Mostello, William Holcomb

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The goal of this study was to determine whether an association between histories of depression and adverse pregnancy outcome could be established using a retrospective analysis. Participants were a convenience sample of 152 pregnant diabetic women for whom prior pregnancy data were available. Prior pregnancy outcome, depression history, and other clinical characteristics were determined from chart review and medical history questionnaires. Logistic regression was used to determine which of the measured clinical factors, including history of depression, had a significant association with history of pregnancy complications. Thirty-nine patients (26%) had a past history of depression. Three pregnancy complications (preterm labor, pre-eclampsia, fetal prematurity) were more common in the group having a history of depression as was the proportion of participants requiring Caesarean section (p < .05 for each comparison). A history of depression was associated with prior pregnancy complications independent of the effects of parity, prepregnancy BMI, tobacco use history, diabetes type, and presence of diabetes complications (OR = 3.6; 95% CI = 1.5-9.0, p = .006). These retrospective data indicate that depression is linked to complications of diabetic pregnancy and support the need for prospective studies to clarify the effects of depression and its treatment on diabetic pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of clinical psychology in medical settings
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2004


  • Depression
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Pregnancy
  • Preterm labor


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