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.
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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” . ... more »
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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 ... more »
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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. ... more »
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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. ... more »
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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. ... more »
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Postpartum Depression: Fathers Feel It, Too

A growing body of evidence says fathers sometimes feel postpartum depression, too. When either new parent experiences the blues for several weeks or in extreme, postpartum is the likely diagnosis. ... more »
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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. ... more »
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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. ... more »
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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. ... more »

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