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How will you know if you have postpartum depression?

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This is a serious condition that can happen to about 1 in 10 new mothers. Symptoms include:

  • You feel hopeless, sad, worthless, or alone all the time, and you cry often.
  • You don’t feel like you’re doing a good job as a new mom.
  • You’re not bonding with your baby.
  • You can’t eat, sleep, or take care of your baby because of your overwhelming despair.
  • You could even have anxiety and panic attacks.

SOURCES:


Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum depression.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Postpartum Depression.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Depression during and after pregnancy fact sheet.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 19, 2019

SOURCES:


Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum depression.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Postpartum Depression.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Depression during and after pregnancy fact sheet.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 19, 2019

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