Mums who try to combine an active family life and a high-powered job are at higher risk of depression than mums who accept they can't do it all, according to a US survey.

In the study of 1,600 mothers researchers discovered that those with jobs were less likely to suffer from depression when compared to mothers who stayed at home. Yet the happiest women were those who had made compromises in either their home or professional lives, as they realised they could not "do it all".

Katrina Leupp, who carried out the research and presented it at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting in Las Vegas, said:

"Women are sold a story that they can do it all, but most workplaces are still designed for employees without childcare responsibilities.

"You can happily combine child rearing and a career, if you're willing to let some things slide."

Her study also found that women who firmly believed they could combine employment with raising a family were at greater risk of depression later in life than those who were less ambitious.

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