Postpartum or peripartum depression (PPD) is also called postnatal or perinatal depression. PPD is a type of clinical depression which can affect women around or after childbirth and symptoms include sadness, fatigue, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, reduced desire for sex, crying episodes, anxiety and irritability.

Postpartum Anxiety for New Mothers

Anxiety is more common after giving birth than postpartum depression, but depression gets more attention. Feeling anxious after delivery can lead to negative outcomes for mother and child for up to six months following birth. ... read more »

Maternal Depression Increases Risk for Lifelong Depression in Offspring

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 »

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 »

Physical and Mental Health 12 Months After Birth

Researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne recently published a study in the journal Midwifery. The subject of the study was the status of physical and mental health in women 12 months after delivery. ... read more »

Postpartum Depression Prevalence in the Female WIC Population

Researchers from the Altarum Institute in Maine recently published a study in the Maternal and Child Health Journal describing the prevalence of postpartum depression symptoms in the female WIC population. ... read more »

Primary Care Programs Help Women with Postpartum Depression

According to a new research study, patients treated with primary-care programs for 12 months after birth report improvements in postpartum depression, compared to women who do not take part in such care programs. ... 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 »

Psychological Intervention and Anxiety Reduction in Pregnancies with Fetal Malformation

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 »

Violent Relationships During Pregnancy May Cause Difficulty Parenting

If your relationship was rocky and violent during pregnancy, you are less likely to adopt a good parenting style after baby is born, according to a new study. ... read more »

Antidepressants, Pregnancy and High Blood Pressure: Is There a Link?

According to data collected in the Quebec Pregnancy Registry, there may be a link between antidepressant intake during pregnancy and hypertension or high blood pressure. ... 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 »

When to Work After Giving Birth

Many women fight with the idea of when to work after giving birth. They've spent the majority of the last 40 weeks thinking about baby, preparing for baby, and eventually leaving work to give birth and recover fromdelivery. ... read more »

Eating Placenta Capsules - Placentophagy or Placentophagia and Placental Encapsulation

While most existing data on postpartum placental consumption is anecdotal and not scientific, there are many cultures who view placental ingestion as an essential part of the postpartum period. ... read more »

Risk of Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders in Women with Past Pregnancy Loss

According to researchers from the Veteran's Administration at thePuget Sound Health Care System, women with a medical history ofpregnancy loss are at increased risk for psychiatric conditions afterbirth. ... 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 »

Fetus Gets Psychological Messages from Mom

As every mother knows, the fetus is constantly listening to the mother's heartbeat, the sounds of her digestive system and even the music sheplays outside the womb, but researchers believe the fetus hears morethan just physical sounds. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 2

Those first few weeks of motherhood fly by and you were expecting to be happy about your newly arrived bundle of joy, but instead you feel sad and down. ... read more »

Postpartum Depression is a Serious Threat for New Moms

A large-scale study recently published in JAMA Psychiatry reports as many as one in seven new mothers face postpartum depression. Baby blues is a common condition many women face soon after birth ... read more »

Longer Maternity Leave Reduces Risk of Postpartum Depression

A new study shows that the more time a woman takes off from work after having a baby, the lower her risk for postpartum depression. This research is the first of its kind. ... read more »

Downton Abbey, Depression, and Baby Bonding: Lessons From Lady Mary

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

Two Years of Breastfeeding Likely to Become Law in United Arab Emirates

A draft of a new mandatory breastfeeding law was passed that is likely to become part of a more comprehensive law aimed at protecting the rights of children in the federation. ... read more »

Postpartum Depression: Fathers Feel It, Too

Most people know that new mothers sometimes get the baby blues but a growing body of evidence says fathers sometimes feel it, too. ... read more »

Older First-Time Moms Not at Higher Risk of Depression

Researchers at Macquarie University have found no connection between maternal age and risk of depression. The study expressly focused on older women. ... read more »

Unintended Pregnancy Associated with Depression Risk

According to research completed at the University of North Carolina, women who experience unintended pregnancy are at increased risk of depression for at least 12 months postpartum. ... read more »

Married Women Suffer Less Postpartum Depression

According to researchers in Canada, married women are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression and that's not all. Married women are also less likely to be abused by partners or abuse substances themselves. ... read more »

Dampening of Positive Feelings Seen as Early Predictor for Postpartum Depression

A new study from Belgium studied positive feelings during pregnancy and the likelihood of postpartum depression. ... 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 »

Overcoming Sleep Deprivation

While the baby may spend the majority of the day sleeping off and on, moms and dads tend to use that time to clean up around the house, cook and spend time with each other and their other children. But using those precious moments to sleep when your baby is sleeping is vital. ... 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 »

Labor Fears Linked to Postpartum Depression

An estimated 50 to 80 percent of all women who give birth experience some degree of postpartum depression in the first year after delivery. ... 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 »

The Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Differentiate between postpartum blues versus serious depression . ... read more »

Postpartum Sex: When to Do it Again

Does a woman really have to wait six weeks after delivery to resume sex? Can you do it earlier? What about if you want to wait longer than six weeks postpartum? ... read more »

Prenatal and Postpartum Depression in Fathers

Everybody has heard about new mothers experiencing postpartum depression after having a baby. But how about dad?  Are new fathers also experiencing the blues, too? ... read more »

Brain Growth Noted After Child Birth

Many women will be happy to find out the brain actually grows after childbirth, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. ... read more »

A Mother’s Depression May Affect Baby

Researchers have found a connection between depression in pregnant women and physical effects on infants. The effects noted include reduced muscle tone, increased stress hormones and neurological / behavioral problems. ... read more »

How Carbs Will Help You Overcome Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is not at all uncommon. If you feel even slightly sad after the birth of your baby, you're not alone. Postpartum depression affects many women, and often it's not as severe as one might expect. ... read more »

3 Essential Steps for Daily Self Care

Self care after birth begins with taking personal responsibility and becoming proactive. Start saying to yourself “I deserve to be happy and healthy”, “I will make time for myself today” or “I need to be healthy for my child” . ... read more »

Facts About Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time in life when women feel closer to their spouse and body more than ever before. Here are a few facts about pregnancy for expecting moms. ... read more »

Baby Blues Symptoms and Postpartum Depression

Suffering from a brief bout of mild depression is common for women who have just given birth. Some women will fight through the depression and come out within a few weeks feeling better than ever before. Other women will suffer from baby blues symptoms that lead to a deeper more clinical-style depression. ... read more »

New-Baby Blues Behind Only-Child Trend?

A new study from Canada indicates the everyday realities of parenthood could be a driving factor behind a trend for only-child families. ... read more »

Screening For Depression During Pregnancy and Postpartum

The US Preventive Services Task Force issued an updated recommendation for screening all adults for depression. The last update, in 2009, did not recommend screening all adults over 18 but the 2016 update does. Depression in anyone 15 and older is one of the leading causes of disability in the US. Screening Recommended for Expectant and New Mothers ... read more »

My Postpartum, Part 1

I stare down at her and I am filled with fury. Fury that she has wrecked my world. Despair, because I have to live in this hellish new reality. Resentful, that she needs me so much. ... read more »

When Postpartum Depression isn't Just Depression

The name postpartum “depression” can be misleading because sometimes postpartum depression doesn't manifest as typical feeling "down" depression. ... read more »

Phone Chats, Shared Experiences 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 »

Better to Breastfeed On Antidepressants Than Not Breastfeed at All

Many women stop taking antidepressants when they become pregnant or when they begin breastfeeding, with the understanding that it's better for the baby to go without these drugs. But is this true? ... read more »

Maternal Depression Risk Greatest 4 Years After Childbirth

Researchers say the fourth year after delivering a baby are when the risk of maternal depression is highest of all. ... read more »

Bipolar Disorder and Trying to Conceive, Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

If you suffer from bipolar disorder, is important to understand how trying to conceive (TTC), pregnancy and the postpartum period will affect your mental health.  ... read more »

Bipolar Disorder and Your Pregnancy: Link Unclear

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after my first two children were born. The condition is said to peak in fertile years and that’s exactly what happened in my case. ... read more »

Postpartum Depression More Likely With Unintended Pregnancies

The only person I know who struggled with postpartum depression was a friend’s sister. She had postpartum every time she had a child. ... read more »