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Understanding the Link Between Pregnancy Complications and Women’s Mental Health

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  • Adamu Babaji, Head of the Psychiatric department at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBU-TH), Bauchi, highlighted the significance of antenatal care attendance and psycho-social support in mitigating the prevalence of mental health issues among women.
  • A Bauchi-based neuropsychiatric expert has shed light on the leading cause of mental disorders in women, pointing to pregnancy complications and prolonged labor during childbirth as primary factors.

A Bauchi-based neuropsychiatric expert has shed light on the leading cause of mental disorders in women, pointing to pregnancy complications and prolonged labor during childbirth as primary factors.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Dr. Adamu Babaji, Head of the Psychiatric department at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBU-TH), Bauchi, highlighted the significance of antenatal care attendance and psycho-social support in mitigating the prevalence of mental health issues among women.

Dr. Babaji emphasized the critical role of antenatal clinics in providing essential support and monitoring throughout pregnancy and post-delivery. He underscored the impact of delayed or prolonged labor and malnutrition on postpartum depression, urging for greater awareness and support from spouses and families.

Furthermore, Dr. Babaji discussed the correlation between severe malnutrition in children and intellectual disability, citing pneumonia, malaria, urinary tract infections, and convulsions as potential contributors to developmental challenges in early childhood.

The insights provided by Dr. Babaji shed light on the complex interplay between physical health, pregnancy, childbirth, and mental well-being in women, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive healthcare approaches to address these interconnected issues.

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