Postpartum Depression | MamaMend

Postpartum Depression

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is a type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD) that women experience within 12 months of giving birth. Up to 15-20% of women experience postpartum depression, and the odds are even higher for those with one or more risk factors.

What are the risk factors for postpartum depression?

Risk factors include:

  • A personal or family history of depression, anxiety, or postpartum depression
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD or PMS)
  • Inadequate support in caring for the baby
  • Financial stress
  • Marital stress
  • Complications in pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding
  • A major recent life event: loss, house move, job loss
  • Mothers of multiples
  • Mothers whose infants are in Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
  • Mothers who’ve gone through infertility treatments
  • Women with a thyroid imbalance
  • Women with any form of diabetes (type 1, type 2 or gestational)

If you have of these risk factors, talk to your medical provider about what to do if you recognize symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Postpartum Depression?
  • Lack of interest in the baby
  • Anger
  • Loss of interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy
  • Feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness
  • Irritability or nervousness
  • Possible thoughts of harming the baby or yourself
  • Crying and sadness
  • Appetite and sleep disturbance

What is the treatment for Postpartum Depression?

Treatment plans will vary for each woman, but can include any or all of the following:

  • Self-care (including getting more sleep, eating nutritious food, help with taking care of the baby, getting more exercise & time to relax)
  • Social support (including talking to others on the phone or online and support groups)
  • Talk therapy or counseling
  • Medication

Who can help diagnose/treat Postpartum Depression?
  • Primary Care Physician (PCP)
  • OB/Gyn
  • Mental Health Practitioner

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