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How can I prevent postpartum depression after pregnancy?

After giving birth to a baby, I have experienced poor concentration, anxiety, fatigue, and sadness.  How do I prevent these common symptoms of baby blues?

Submitted by genebernice

The symptoms you describe may be related to postpartum blues or postpartum depression.  Women who experience either of these symptoms are at a higher risk of having them in a subsequent pregnancy or experiencing a major depressive episode later in life.  I strongly recommend that you get evaluated by your obstetrician; getting the proper diagnosis and treatment is very important.

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