South Carolina mothers rank second among 17 states reporting symptoms of postpartum depression and leads the pack in a breakdown of several key factors.

The CDC relesed the study late last week, titled “Prevalence of Self-Reported Postpartum Depressive Symptoms,” looking at data from 17 states between 2004 and 2005 (the most recent data). Neighbors Georgia and North Carolina also were included in the study.

The findings ranked South Carolina second in regards to the percentage of mothers with postpartum symptoms, with 19.5 percent compared to New Mexico’s 20.4 percent.

But the Palmetto State ranked first when these mothers were asked if they had been subjected to physical abuse before or during the pregnancy, with 52.7 percent saying yes. Utah was a distant second with 44.7 percent. South Carolina also led or ranked second regarding emotional, financial, relationship, or traumatic stress during the pregnancy.

“Although some states have already implemented methods for addressing PPD,” the study states, “more targeted screening and interventions for PPD could be directed at women at higher risk for developing PPD and incorporated into existing public health programs (e.g., those that address women who were physically abused.”

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