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Postpartum Depression

Alternate Names : Baby Blues

Postpartum Depression | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

There is no prevention for postpartum depression. However, there are things a woman can do to minimize the problem. These include the following steps.

  • Ask family and friends to help with cooking or housework.
  • Get adequate rest, nutrition, and emotional support.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Set aside some personal time.
  • Sleep when the baby sleeps.
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Untreated, postpartum depression interferes with bonding between mother and infant. Serious depression may be accompanied by:

  • aggressive feelings toward the baby
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of pride in personal appearance and home
  • suicidal tendencies
  • withdrawal from others
  • What are the risks to others?

    Depression is not contagious. However, a mother who is severely depressed may neglect or abuse her baby.

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    Postpartum Depression: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/25/01

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