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Postpartum Depression - What Increases Your Risk

A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of having a certain problem. Risk factors for postpartum depression include:

Risk factors for postpartum psychosis include:

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Understanding Postpartum Depression -- Prevention

Because postpartum depression (PPD) may be related to fluctuation of hormones after childbirth, prevention may not be possible. However, several approaches may help guard against the condition. One of the best things to do is learn as much as you can about what to expect physically and psychologically during pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood. This may help you develop realistic expectations for yourself and your baby. Take a childbirth education class. Also, talk to other pregnant women and new...

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  • A personal or family history of bipolar disorder.
  • Previous postpartum psychosis.
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Last Updated: April 16, 2012
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