Postpartum depression (PPD) is the most common medical complication of childbirth
PPD can affect any woman during pregnancy or after childbirth.
Having a baby changes your body and your life in ways that are hard to predict. Feeling sad, moody, or tired is normal in the first few weeks after childbirth. PPD is different.
PPD symptoms can last longer than the “baby blues,” and can interfere with your daily activities. Common symptoms include anxiety, irritability, and nagging self-doubt about your mothering skills. For a list of symptoms, click here.
PPD is estimated to affect 10% to 20% of women in the US after childbirth.
That’s up to 1 in every 5 new moms.
PPD symptoms can develop over time.
Onset of PPD symptoms may occur during pregnancy and up to 1 year after giving birth. So it’s a good idea to ask your doctor about screening for PPD.
Without proper screening, up to half of PPD cases may go undiagnosed.
- Feelings of shame, fear, embarrassment, or guilt on the part of the mother
- Reluctance by mothers to bring up their true feelings for fear of being seen as an unfit parent
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