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Could You Have Postpartum Depression?

June 3rd, 2013 | By: Elizabeth Pantley
What you're feeling is normal and not your fault. Here's how to feel better

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Could You Have Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is an illness and it can be cured. Once you learn more about what's causing the depression and take some steps towards treatment, you'll be on the road to finding yourself again and enjoying life with your new baby. Here's what you need to know:

What is postpartum depression?

About 80 percent of mothers experience temporary, minor depressed feelings (also known as "the baby blues") after giving birth. The baby blues usually go away within a few days or weeks.

Up to 15 percent of new mothers have a more severe reaction known as postpartum depression (PPD). Postpartum depression may appear to be the baby blues at first–but the symptoms are more intense and longer lasting. PPD can occur within the first year after childbirth. It is caused by the biochemical and hormonal changes that happen in the body following pregnancy and birth.