Postpartum Depression (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Every woman is at risk for temporary "postpartum blues" during the first 2 weeks after childbirth, because of sudden hormone changes and the challenges of caring for a newborn. Women who have miscarried or had a stillbirth are also at risk.
But there are also known factors that increase your risk of having long-term depression after pregnancy. If you have had postpartum depression before, you are at high risk of having it again. Other risk factors include:1
Risk factors for postpartum psychosis include:1
If you have had postpartum psychosis before, you are at high risk for having psychotic symptoms again in the future.4 Your doctor will want to watch you closely, particularly if you become pregnant again.
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