Postpartum depression typically occurs within the first 4 weeks of delivery, but can occur immediately following or up to a year later. The depression, which can range from moderate to severe, is caused by hormonal changes in the mother as a result of the pregnancy.
Not all women who give birth suffer postpartum depression, but those that are at higher risk include:
If you feel you may be suffering from postpartum depression, contact your doctor for advice.
The Yellowbook Answers are provided as a service to users of yellowbook.com and are not intended to replace advice from qualified professionals. Yellowbook makes no promise, guarantee or warranty regarding the comprehensiveness, accuracy or reliability of the information provided.