Just like common depressions that everyone may have, postpartum depression is a complex mix of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that happen in a woman after giving birth. Learn more about depressions below!

Mom's Depression Increases Depression Risk in Baby

A pregnant woman may pass depression onto her unborn child, according to a new study. Doctors have long suspected a connection between maternal depression and mood disorders in offspring; this research helps scientists understand how and when this occurs. ... read more »

Depression During Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes Risk

A recent British study revealed a strong link between depression and inactivity during pregnancy and the tendency to gain excess pregnancy pounds and develop gestational diabetes. ... read more »

Downton Abbey, Depression, and Baby Bonding

There are many lessons we in real life can learn from Lady Mary's fictional struggle with loss, motherhood, grief, and depression. ... read more »

Mindfulness Therapy Instead of Antidepressants

Prescription antidepressants are the traditional line of treatment for overcoming a depressive episode and staving off relapses but they come with side effects that many people cannot tolerate. ... read more »

Managing ED Through Increased Aerobic Exercise

Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED, is when men do not have the ability to sustain an erection in order to perform sexually. Common causes include atherosclerosis, obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, stress, depression and low testosterone. ... read more »

Fighting the Personal Stigma of Genetics and Depression

Depression is a common feeling, but it is also the term given to a disease that affects almost 10% of the population of the United States. There are varying forms of depression. ... read more »

Pregnancy Depression

Although pregnancy is one of the happiest times in life, 10-20% of pregnant women experience depression. ... read more »

How to Manage Bipolar Disorder During Pregnancy

Bipolar disorder is not a rare condition and there is no contraindication getting pregnant as long as you are under good medical care. ... read more »

Mental Health and Pregnancy

Mental health is important not only during pregnancy but at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. ... read more »

Mood Swings and Emotional Changes During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is quite an amazing thing full of many physical and emotional changes and mood swings due to fluctuating hormones. ... read more »

Women With HIV On Medicaid Don’t Get Treatment for Depression

Being HIV positive and low income are two evident risk factors for depression, but it appears the Medicaid system in the United States somehow missed this potential mental health concern. ... read more »

Meditation: A Magic Wand Against Stress

Being a parent can be stressful! There are constant demands on your time, finances, energy and attention. From sleepless nights with your crying baby to arguments with a stroppy teen, it just keeps on coming. Stress is bad for you as a parent and it’s bad for your child. ... read more »

Stress and Anxiety in Pregnancies with Fetal Malformations

Researchers in Brazil recently tested several psychological intervention techniques to reduce stress and anxiety in pregnant women with known fetal malformations. Sixty-five women were included in the study. ... read more »

Suicide and Homicide is Prevalent Among Pregnant Women

When it comes to maternal mortality, many women believe natural complications of pregnancy cause more deaths than other more violent causes, but researchers have found this to be incorrect. ... read more »

Maternal Mood Disorders May Affect Child's Development

Many women struggle with depression and other mood disorders while pregnant. Exposure to these mood disorders during pregnancy may cause the offspring to exhibit long-term emotional and behavioral problems later in life. ... read more »

Overcoming Sleep Deprivation

Why is it so hard to simply sleep with a newborn? ... read more »

Natural Ways to Help New Moms Overcome Postpartum Depression

As many as four out of every 25 new mothers experience postpartum depression following the birth of a baby. A recent study brings the good news of a chemical-free solution to baby blues. ... read more »

Supporting Your Wife Through Infertility Treatment

It's no secret that going through infertility treatment can be stressful for a couple. That being said, there are a lot of things that you can do to make the process a little easier on your partner. ... read more »

SSRIs May Not Help Adults Who Had Early Life Stress

Unfortunately, SSRIs don’t work for everybody. Dr. Jeremy D. Coplan noticed SSRIs often don’t work on depression patients who had experienced early life stresses. ... read more »

Roseroot: Natural and Effective for Depression

The results of the study found roseroot to be almost as effective in treating mild to moderate major depressive disorder (MDD) but with far fewer adverse side effects that turn patients away. ... read more »

The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Evaluation

Postpartum depression is different from baby blues. When a woman suffers from postpartum depression, her feelings of depression may be deeper and more noticeable.  ... read more »

First Five Years of Fatherhood Risky for Depression

The study finds that young men, especially those that live in the same home as their new baby, are at significant risk of developing depression during the first five years of fatherhood. ... read more »

Your Depression during Pregnancy Could Actually be Fatigue

As in life before pregnancy, a lack of sleep can make us feel more irritable and bummed out than usual. A recent study shows that the same holds true for women who are pregnant, and maybe even more so. ... read more »

Unfamiliar Nutrient Holds Promise for Newborn’s Health

Folic acid, calcium, iron, vitamin B12: it's likely that all of these nutrients ring a bell with pregnant women when it comes to the topic of nutrition, but another nutrient that may not come to mind is just as important and is the focus of exciting new research. ... read more »

Depression During and After Pregnancy

Many women express surprise that pregnancy symptoms aren't what they'd expected. Some express surprise at frequent nosebleeds, fuller hair, trouble sleeping, and other incidents never before experienced or anticipated. ... read more »

Cholestasis of Pregnancy - Severe Itching

The most common cause of severe itching late in pregnancy is cholestasis, a common liver disease that only happens in pregnancy. ... read more »

Celebrity Wife Talks About Pregnancy and Anxiety

Danielle Jonas rose to fame in 2009 when she married Kevin, the oldest of the three Jonas Brothers; she talk about juggling everything while preparing for the arrival of their first child. ... read more »

What is Folic Acid?

What does folic acid do? ... read more »

Your Depression During Pregnancy Could Actually Be Fatigue

Getting a good night’s sleep while you’re pregnant is easier said than done. Your newly enlarged shape makes it difficult to get comfortable, and your mind is usually racing with questions and worries about your impending labor. ... read more »

Can Discrimination Cause Lower Birth Weight?

Researchers, scientists and doctors have established a solid link between depression and lower birth weight. A new study by researchers at Yale University claims discrimination can also cause low birth weight. ... read more »

I’m Pregnant and Depressed – What Do I Do?

Depression is a common issue during pregnancy. Hormone changes, thoughts of your upcoming parenthood and life changes can wreak havoc on your emotional state. ... read more »

Women's Health Guide: Topics A-Z

This women's health guide covers just about everything affecting the health of women: mentally, emotionally, and physically. ... read more »

Eating Seafood Lifts a Pregnant Woman's Mood

Eating omega-3-rich seafood may be a mood-lifter for women who are feeling depressed during pregnancy, suggests a study of British women. ... read more »

Infant Growth, SSRIs and Maternal Depression

Use of SSRIs during pregnancy to treat maternal depression has been shown to positively impact maternal quality of life during pregnancy and postpartum period, in previous studies. ... read more »

Antidepressants During Pregnancy

For the pregnant woman on antidepressants, the psychiatrist and the obstetrician can work together to find a suitable treatment that will work with pregnancy and keep baby healthy during gestation. ... read more »

Are Antidepressants Safe During Pregnancy?

Are antidepressants safe to take during pregnancy? ... read more »

Choline May Protect Baby for Life

Recently, researchers from Cornell University revealed another important piece of the pregnancy nutrition / fetal health puzzle. According to their research, choline consumption during pregnancy is directed related to the long-term health of the child. ... read more »

Multi-Studies Indicate SSRI Use Safe During Pregnancy

A class of drugs known as SSRIs brings relief to many people experiencing depression and anxiety but some doctors are hesitant to prescribe them for pregnant women. ... read more »

Citalopram (Celexa) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Citalopram during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Escitalopram (Lexapro) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Escitalopram (Lexapro) and pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Do SSRIs Affect Infant-Mother Attachment?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are prescribed to up to 6% of pregnant women. The medications are prescribed to treat various forms of depression, including postpartum depression. ... read more »

Lithium During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Lithium and pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Does Depression During Pregnancy Cause Inflammation?

Researchers published a study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research. The study focused on a possible link between maternal depression, inflammation and pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Suicide Risk Among New Mothers and Soon-to-be Mothers

A very recent study published online in the General Hospital Psychiatry journal claims additional services may be needed by women who are pregnant and those who have just delivered a child. ... read more »

Discontinuing SSRI Use in Pregnant Women

SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are used to treat depression and other mental health disorders. The drugs pose risk to the fetus via prenatal exposure. ... read more »

SSRIs and Bleeding Risk During Surgery in Pregnancy

A new study suggests doctors need to be prepared for possible increased bleeding if pregnant patients give birth via C-section while taking SSRIs. ... read more »

Review of Maternal Mental Health

The percentage of women suffering depression symptoms and other mental health issues during pregnancy and for the first year after giving birth has remained between 10% and 20% for the past 25 years. ... read more »

Losing a Baby Causes Years of Grief for Parents

A British research study reveals women take miscarriage hard for many years following the event. Despite the fact that many couples try for another pregnancy soon after miscarriage and stillbirth, with success in many cases, the mental effects of losing a child last for many years. ... read more »

Maternal Omega-3 Deficiency and Depression

DHA deficiency is thought to be associated with maternal depression. While DHA supplements could be used to treat the deficiency, there are reports that EPA is more effective at relieving depressive symptoms. ... read more »

Paxil (Paroxetine) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Paroxetine (Paxil) during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

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