While postpartum depression (PPD) could strike anyone, there are some factors that increase your risk. They include:
If you are at risk, share as much information as possible with your partner (or a close friend). Help him learn the symptoms of PPD, and ask him to be on the lookout. It's also wise to reach out to a therapist while you're still pregnant. Then if you do become ill and need help, you won't have to waste time looking for treatment.
Being forewarned about this once-taboo topic allows you to create an environment that prevents or lessens the severity of postpartum depression. In fact, whether you're at risk for PPD or not, the following strategies will make the transition to motherhood easier.
Reviewed 11/02 by Elizabeth Stein, CNM
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