Low Oxytocin Linked to Postpartum Depression
Study Shows Higher Risk of Postpartum Depression for Pregnant Women With Low Levels of Oxytocin
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
Many women experience a period of moodiness and stress after giving birth. If this doesn’t go away after a few weeks, however, experts say it’s important to seek help since children of depressed mothers are more likely to develop social and emotional problems of their own.
Signs of full-blown postpartum depression include lack of interest or negative feelings toward the baby, lack of self-concern, loss of pleasure, lack of energy or motivation, changes in appetite or weight, trouble sleeping, and thoughts of suicide.