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You and Your Health

Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Post-Partum Depression?

It’s common for a woman to become depressed during or just after a pregnancy. The timing and specific symptoms tend to vary by person.

The womenshealth.gov website mentions these risk factors for developing postpartum depression:

  * Having had depression or another form of mental illness before pregnancy.
  * Having a family history of depression or another mental illness.
  * Lacking support from friends and family.
  * Having negative or anxious feelings about being pregnant.
  * Having had a prior pregnancy or delivery with complications.
  * Being stressed about money or personal relationships.
  * Engaging in substance abuse.
  * Becoming pregnant at an early age.