What are the Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression?

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Feb 27, 2012

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What are the Risk Factors for Postpartum DepressionEvery woman is at risk of "postpartum blues" due to the rapid changes of hormones in the body, and the emotional and physical changes. However the baby blues are usually mild and self-limiting. Certain factors can increase your risk of long-term depression after childbirth that is postpartum or postnatal depression. Read to know some of the risk factors for postpartum depression.


  • History of postpartum depression: Women who have had postpartum depression in previous pregnancy are at high risk of having it again.
  • Lack of family support or support from spouse.
  • Stress factors such as financial troubles, loss of job, family problems, sick newborn.
  • History of depression or depression during the current pregnancy.
  • Other mental health disorder like bipolar disorder (or manic-depression illness) also increases the risk of depression or psychotic behavior after childbirth.
  • Unplanned pregnancy, single mother.
  • Family history of mental health problem like depression or bipolar disorder.
  • Miscarriage or stillbirthalso increase the risk of postpartum depression.
  • History of severe premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder.


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