Postpartum Depression

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Depression during and after pregnancy is actually quite common, affecting approximately 15% of women after childbirth.  Mothers who have gone through infertility treatments, experienced previous miscarriage(s), mothers of multiples, mothers of infants who spent time in the NICU, mothers who experience complications during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding, as well as those who experience other significant life stressors during the year before or after having a child, are at a higher risk of experiencing depression.

Signs and symptoms of Postpartum Depression

  • Disturbances in sleep and appetite
  • Feelings of irritability or anger
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities or in the baby
  • Tearfulness and feelings of sadness
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or the baby
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