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The association between diet quality and mental health during the perinatal period. A systematic review

Baskin, Rachel, Hill, Briony, Jacka, Felice N., O'Neil, Adrienne and Skouteris, Helen 2015, The association between diet quality and mental health during the perinatal period. A systematic review, Appetite, vol. 91, pp. 41-47, doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.03.017.

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Title The association between diet quality and mental health during the perinatal period. A systematic review
Author(s) Baskin, Rachel
Hill, BrionyORCID iD for Hill, Briony orcid.org/0000-0003-4993-3963
Jacka, Felice N.ORCID iD for Jacka, Felice N. orcid.org/0000-0002-9825-0328
O'Neil, Adrienne
Skouteris, Helen
Journal name Appetite
Volume number 91
Start page 41
End page 47
Publisher Elsevier
Publication date 2015-08-01
ISSN 1095-8304
Keyword(s) anxiety
depression
maternal diet
perinatal
stress
systematic review
Summary BACKGROUND: While maternal nutrition during pregnancy is known to play a critical role in the health of both mother and offspring, the magnitude of this association has only recently been realized. Novel, epigenetic data suggest that maternal dietary intake has permanent phenotypic consequences for offspring, highlighting the potency of antenatal diet. To date, the relationship between poor antenatal diet and maternal mental health specifically, remains poorly understood. Therefore, we aimed to systematically review evidence that has examined associations between antenatal diet quality and the experience of depressive, anxiety and stress symptoms during the perinatal period.

METHODS: A search for peer-reviewed papers was conducted using Medline Complete, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Academic Search Premiere and Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection.

RESULTS: Nine studies (cohort = 4, cross-sectional = 5) published between 2005 and 2013 were eligible for inclusion in this review. A synthesis of findings revealed positive associations between poor quality and unhealthy diets and antenatal depressive and stress symptoms. Healthy diets were inversely associated with antenatal depressive and anxiety symptoms. Postnatal depressive symptoms demonstrated inconsistent results.

CONCLUSIONS: Given the paucity of research examining diet quality and mental health in women during the perinatal period, further sufficiently powered studies are urgently required to examine this association.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2015.03.017
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
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Free to Read Start Date 2017-08-02
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30072101

Document type: Journal Article
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