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What role do hormones play in postpartum depression?

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Your hormone levels rise when you’re pregnant. After your baby is born, they drop suddenly. This quick change can trigger depression in some women.

If you ever feel moody before you get your period, you know how hormones can affect you.

SOURCES:

Wisner, K. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

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

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

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Postpartum Depression Action Plan.”

Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum Depression.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Postpartum Depression.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Wisner, K. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

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

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

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Postpartum Depression Action Plan.”

Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum Depression.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Postpartum Depression.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

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