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What are the chances of having postpartum depression?

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Up to 80% of new mothers get baby blues -- short-term dips in mood caused by all of the changes that come with a new baby.

If your feelings of sadness last more than a couple of weeks, or gets worse, you may have what's called postpartum depression. It’s more severe and lasts longer than the baby blues, and up to 20% of women get it. You’re more likely to have postpartum depression if you’ve already had bouts of depression, or if it runs in your family.

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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