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What Are Some Causes of Postpartum Depression?

Facing postpartum depression can beĀ  a scary thing. During a time when you feel like you should just be enjoying life and your new baby, you feel down and depressed. You might then start to feel guilty about all of this, or begin to resent your baby for your feelings. In many ways, postpartum depression can interfere with your relationship with your baby, and make those first few weeks and months of life less enjoyable than what they ought to be.

There are several different things that can cause postpartum depression. Obviously, the changes that your body is going through have a lot to do with it. There are things going on hormonally and chemically that make it difficult for your body to bounce back after pregnancy.

In addition, there are a number of risk factors that can make it much more likely that you will experience postpartum depression. Here are a few of those risk factors:

  • A personal or family history of depression or other mental illnesses. If you’re genetially prone to depression, you may be more prone than other women to postpartum depression.
  • Situational issues. Having a baby can turn over the apple cart in a major way. If you don’t have a strong support network that includes your partner, friends and family, it’s easier to spiral into a postpartum depression.
  • Stress factors. Along with other situational issues, you might be under a lot of stress. Just becoming a mom can cause a certain degree of physical and mental stress.
  • Your age. Young mothers tend to be more apt to experience postpartum depression than women older than 30.
  • Sleep troubles. Having a baby messes up your sleep. A lack of sleep, or the broken types of sleep patterns that are so common with newborns, can add to the risk of postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is treatable. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, get help. Talk to your health care provider, counselor or therapist today. Don’t suffer longer than what you need to suffer.

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