Who is at Risk for Postpartum Depression?

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Feb 27, 2012

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Who is at Risk for Postpartum DepressionPostpartum depression can develop in any woman after the birth of a child in any pregnancy (first, second third or so on). Read to more on know who is at risk of postpartum depression;


  • History of postpartum depression after previous pregnancy .
  • History of depression or depression during the current pregnancy.
  • Stressful events in the recent past like illness, job loss, separation from spouse, loss of family member or pregnancy complications.
  • Lack of family support or support from spouse or partner.
  • Financial problems.
  • Unplanned or unwanted pregnancy.
  • Single mother or unmarried mother.
  • History of mental health disorder such as bipolar disorder (or manic-depression illness) increase the risk of postpartum psychosis.


Postpartum Psychosis

Some factors which increase the risk of postpartum psychosis include:


  • Family history of bipolar disorder.
  • Personal history of bipolar disorder : It increases the risk of postpartum psychosis by three times as compared to women with no bipolar history.
  • History of postpartum psychosis in previous pregnancy.


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