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Postpartum Depression Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Postpartum Depression

  1. Understanding Postpartum Depression -- Symptoms

    Learn about the symptoms of postpartum depression and what to do if you or a loved one has postpartum depression.

  2. Understanding Postpartum Depression -- the Basics

    Learn about the basics of postpartum depression from the experts at WebMD.

  3. Understanding Postpartum Depression -- Diagnosis and Treatment

    Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression from the experts at WebMD.

  4. Understanding Postpartum Depression -- Prevention

    Find out what you can do to reduce your risk of developing postpartum depression from the experts at WebMD.

  5. Postpartum Depression - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services if you think you cannot keep from harming yourself, your baby, or another person. Never hesitate to get help for postpartum depression.

  6. Postpartum Depression - Prevention

    Although you can't prevent the postpartum hormone changes that cause postpartum blues, you can take steps to prevent ongoing postpartum depression.

  7. Baby Blues - Topic Overview

    Many women get postpartum blues, also called the baby blues, during the first few days after childbirth. They may lose sleep, feel irritable, cry easily, and feel happy one minute and sad the next. Hormone changes are one cause of these emotional changes. Also, the demands of a new baby, coupled with visits from relatives or other family needs, add to a mother's stress. The baby blues usually peak around the fourth day and then ease up in less than 2 weeks. Symptoms Symptoms of the baby blues include:1Trouble sleeping.Mood swings.Tearfulness.Anxiety.Sadness. Hopelessness.Irritability.Poor concentration.In some women, sometime in the first 3 months after delivery, the baby blues become a more serious condition called postpartum depression. Postpartum depression affects up to 15 out of 100 women.1 If your moodiness or anxiety lasts for more than 2 weeks, or if you feel like life isn't worth living, you may have postpartum depression. For more information, see the topic Postpartum

  8. Postpartum Depression - Treatment Overview

    The sooner treatment starts for postpartum depression, the better. Learn about postpartum depression treatment.

  9. Depression: Managing Postpartum Depression

    If you have the "baby blues" after childbirth, you're not alone-about half of women have temporary mild depression after having a baby. 1 However unsettling, a certain amount of insomnia, irritability, tears, overwhelmed feelings, and mood swings are normal. Baby blues usually peak around the fourth postpartum day and subside in less than 2 weeks, when hormonal changes have settled down. However,

  10. Postpartum Depression - What Increases Your Risk

    Every woman is at risk for temporary "postpartum blues" during the first two weeks after childbirth, because of sudden hormone changes and the challenges of caring for a newborn.

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