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.

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 »

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 »

Many New Moms Suffer From Postpartum Depression

At least 80% of all new mothers suffer from postpartum blues. The symptoms of the blues include feelings of sadness and a lack of energy. ... 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 »

Breastfeeding and Antidepressants

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Is Your Baby Getting Enough Sleep?

For some new moms, the phrase “sleeping like a baby” will suddenly seem like a cruel joke. Many babies seem to resist sleep and wake up at every opportunity they get. ... read more »

You’ll Need a Do Not Disturb Sign

I’ve heard of pregnant women telling people to hold off for an entire month before coming in troops to check out the little one. As it turns out, turning people away might be an excellent idea. ... read more »

Could Exercise be a Treatment for Post-Natal Depression?

Post-natal depression is a serious problem for new mothers. Not only does it affect the woman who has given birth, it can have serious negative effects on their family members and their baby. ... read more »

The Dangers of Postpartum Psychosis

Postpartum depression is fairly common. Most of us know someone who had postpartum depression. However, the cousin of postpartum depression, postpartum psychosis, is far more dangerous for women and can pose serious concerns for both the mother and child. ... read more »