Postpartum 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.
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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