Postpartum Depression Can Have a Strange Effect on Your Baby's Appearance

height chartBecause there isn't enough pressure on new moms already, here's something else to stress us sleep-deprived, semi-neurotic, Google-obsessed women out: If we're not super happy and perfect and positively delighted with ourselves and our babies 24:7 during the first nine months of their lives, they'll be short.

Yep. No longer are we merely responsible for our children's overall happiness, health, safety, and IQ-levels. We're now responsible for their height, as well. Yes, their height! No pressure there, mamas.


Well, those aren't the words exactly, but a new study published in Pediatrics claims that children with moms who say they experienced even mild depressive symptoms nine months after giving birth had a 40 percent higher chance of falling below the 10th percentile in height at age 4. Awesome! Especially since the study's author added: "Physical growth is one of the most important indicators of early childhood health and has long-term consequences for well-being."

To be honest, not sure how much I buy into this study, as there are plenty of short kids out there who are little just because their parents are. Isn't height, um, a little bit genetic? I'm sure there are mothers out there who have been the happiest, most chipper, non-depressive women on earth -- and who have short kids. Heck, I even know a few.

So, let's not go into mass hysteria over these findings -- seriously, new moms have enough on their plates. If women are experiencing postpartum depression, let them just focus on doing what they can -- without worrying that their mood is going to make their kid short. And let's also hope that one day a study will come out that says: Ground-breaking new research shows that the only thing little babies need in their lives is love! Yes, it's very Beatles-esque, but it's true! Simply love your little one to pieces and everything in their lives will be fine! Everything else is just nonsense!

What do you think of this study?

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