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Marriage Benefits Pregnant Women’s Health More Than Cohabitation, Suggests Study EDIT

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Marriage Benefits Pregnant Women’s Health More Than Cohabitation, Suggests Study

Although it sounds kind of like a cautionary tale that a 1950s mom would tell her daughters ("If you get 'in trouble,' you better get married, or else you will exploooooooode!"), a new study in The American Journal of Public Health has determined that there needs to be more research into the health detriments and benefits of marriage vs. cohabitation when it comes to pregnant women and their partners.

The study examined three groups of over 6,000 women: cohabiting women, both married and nonmarried women living with a partner, and noncohabiters were single, divorced, or separated women and further categorized by duration of cohabitation. They were asked about three main psychosocial conditions: self-reported intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and postpartum depression among childbearing women. 20% of the cohabitating but unmarried women reported at least one of the three conditions; the figure rises to 35% in unmarried single mothers and 67% in women who had gotten divorced or separated the year before the child was born.

The odds of intimate partner violence, substance use, and postpartum depression were higher in unmarried women cohabiting for ≤2 years, versus married women living with a partner >5 years.

Marcelo Urquia, the lead researcher of the Canadian epidemiological study, said that there's not enough information yet to draw any firm conclusion on the benefit of marriage on maternal and child health, but it's worth looking into further.

'Do pregnant women benefit from marriage over cohabitation?' [Modern Medicine]

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http://jezebel.com/5971969/marriage-benefits-pregnant-womens-health-more-than-cohabitation-suggests-study?tag=pregnancy


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Do pregnant women benefit from marriage over cohabitation?

A cross-sectional nationwide Canadian epidemiological study suggests that marriage rather than cohabitation may have psychosocial benefits for pregnant women. Published in the American Journal of Public Health, the results point to a need for research on maternal and child health that distinguishes between married and unmarried cohabiting women.

The researchers analyzed data from the 2006-207 Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey, a sample of 6,421 childbearing women. Cohabiting women were married or nonmarried women living with a partner. Noncohabiters were single, divorced, or separated women and further categorized by duration of cohabitation (≤2, 3-5, or >5 years).

The objective was to examine the joint associations of marital status and cohabitation on self-reported intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and postpartum depression among childbearing women. Adjusted odds ratios (OR) and confidence intervals (CI) were generated using logistic regression.

Odds of intimate partner violence, substance use, and postpartum depression were higher in unmarried women cohabiting for ≤2 years, versus married women living with a partner >5 years (adjusted OR [AOR] 4.64. 95% CI 2.85, 7.56; AOR 5.36, CI 3.06, 9.39; and AOR 1.87, 95% CI 1.25, 2.80, respectively). As duration of cohabitation increased, all of the risk estimates declined.

According to lead investigator Marcelo Urquia, 20% of women who were cohabitating but not married suffered from at least one of the three psychosocial conditions, and the figure rose to 35% for single women who had never married and 67% for those who separated or divorced in the year before birth. It was unclear, however, whether problems such as partner or substance abuse were the cause or result of separations.


by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:10 AM
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punky3175
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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She thought she saw the horse twitch so had to beat it some more.  Just in case it really was alive but in reality it was just the wind blowing the mane. Poor thing is already a bloody pulp.

Quoting jlo1313:

Depression and anxiety is prevelant in women that are divorcing anyway, this study seems to state the obvious without giving any new information.  Sorry Future, your unmarried mom posts are getting really old and predictable.

 

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM


Quoting frogbender:

Isn't this study like saying that prayers help sick people get better, even if the sick person has no idea they are being prayed for? Completely unsubstantiated. Also, where are the figures for the married women with PPD? Or abuse? 

The only thing that stuck out to me in this article is that it seemed clear that more studies and info was needed. It's absurd to write a half assed article putting ideas into people's minds without actually proffering up any correlating evidence.


jlo1313
by Silver Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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What VVV said is what I was really thinking...but I had a bunch of hillbilly country words in it and stuff...because this week officially has sucked any intelligence from my brain.

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting frogbender:

Isn't this study like saying that prayers help sick people get better, even if the sick person has no idea they are being prayed for? Completely unsubstantiated. Also, where are the figures for the married women with PPD? Or abuse? 

The only thing that stuck out to me in this article is that it seemed clear that more studies and info was needed. It's absurd to write a half assed article putting ideas into people's minds without actually proffering up any correlating evidence.



Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM


Quoting jlo1313:

What VVV said is what I was really thinking...but I had a bunch of hillbilly country words in it and stuff...because this week officially has sucked any intelligence from my brain.

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting frogbender:

Isn't this study like saying that prayers help sick people get better, even if the sick person has no idea they are being prayed for? Completely unsubstantiated. Also, where are the figures for the married women with PPD? Or abuse? 

The only thing that stuck out to me in this article is that it seemed clear that more studies and info was needed. It's absurd to write a half assed article putting ideas into people's minds without actually proffering up any correlating evidence.


I'll get my banjo = )

ryryab
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Be that as it may, I am perfectly happy to remain unmarried. I'm pregnant with our first, we've lived together for over a year, and I have no intention of ever marrying. 

EmmaGlenn20
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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*Cue comments from bitter, unmarried women.

punky3175
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM
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 *cue ignorant comments from non-members of this group who have no idea the history of this particular topic in this group*

Quoting EmmaGlenn20:

*Cue comments from bitter, unmarried women.

 

Radarma
by "OneDar" on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

 Sheott....i dunno, my man exhausts the hell out of me. meh

lga1965
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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Quoting jlo1313:

Depression and anxiety is prevelant in women that are divorcing anyway, this study seems to state the obvious without giving any new information.  Sorry Future, your unmarried mom posts are getting really old and predictable.

 well....I am sure glad I was married when I was pregnant three times.

I support Future. If my friends and family were members of CM and read these posts, they would support her too. We are all fans of marriage first, then children. Gosh darn we are so old fashioned. big smile mini

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
― Dr. Seuss

jlo1313
by Silver Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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I was also married when I had children, and I still suffered PPD and anxiety.  I am all about doing what is right for you, and live and let live.  It doesn't have to be old fashioned, sure there is "ideal for society" but there is also "ideal for you" and "oops".  The world doesn't stop spinning.

My point was, the article and study really provided nothing on top of what people are already experiencing.

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting jlo1313:

Depression and anxiety is prevelant in women that are divorcing anyway, this study seems to state the obvious without giving any new information.  Sorry Future, your unmarried mom posts are getting really old and predictable.

 well....I am sure glad I was married when I was pregnant three times.

I support Future. If my friends and family were members of CM and read these posts, they would support her too. We are all fans of marriage first, then children. Gosh darn we are so old fashioned. big smile mini



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