What is postpartum depression?

About 10 to 15 percent of mothers experience depression in the few months after delivery. Postpartum depression is often called “baby blues”. It involves irritability, loneliness, helplessness, lack of interest in the baby, and even extreme anxiety. This condition is often unrecognized and the mother may attribute her emotional state to something else. Some of the reason may be life stress, unplanned pregnancy, marital unhappiness, or history of depression in general.
Postpartum depression may also be due to the lack of support from doctors and midwives. During pregnancy, a woman has turned to them for support almost entirely until delivery. After birth, her former caregivers are no longer around to assist her during physical to emotional stress.

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