minimize the effects of postpartum hormonal changes and stress, keep your body
and mind strong.
Ask for help from others, so you can get as
much sleep, healthy food, exercise, and overall support as possible.
Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, and other drugs or medicines
unless recommended by your doctor.
Close monitoring after
childbirth is important. If you are worried about developing PPD, have your
first postnatal checkup 3 or 4 weeks after childbirth rather than the typical 6
Prevention measures for high-risk women
have had depression or postpartum depression before, you and your doctor can
plan ahead to reduce your higher risk of postpartum depression. Think about the
following options if you have:
A history of depression. If you have no depressive symptoms late in a first
watchful waiting is recommended. But if you have a
history of severe depression, some experts recommend counseling and support
before childbirth. You and your doctor may choose to start antidepressant
medicine after the birth to prevent PPD, particularly if you have had PPD
A history of PPD. After
childbirth, don't wait till symptoms develop-start with counseling and support
(some women start counseling a couple of months before childbirth). You and
your doctor may choose a combination of counseling and an
Depression during pregnancy. If you are taking an
antidepressant medicine during pregnancy, continue taking it into the
postpartum period to reduce your high risk of postpartum depression.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 18, 2010
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