JAN 21, 2019 6:42 AM PST

The Biological Aspects of Postpartum Depression

WRITTEN BY: Liat Ben-Senior

The arrival of a new baby is usually a happy event, but it can also be stressful with all the new responsibilities of taking care of a new baby while dealing with the physical and hormonal changes of childbirth. 80% of new mom suffer from the baby blues which is a normal, short-lived period of feeling sad, weepy, or moody that is triggered by hormonal changes after giving birth. However, for 1 out of 7 women these mood swings are more intense and may lead to postpartum depression (PPD). Postpartum Depression is moderate to severe depression. Symptoms include tearfulness, anxiety, mood fluctuations, and irritability and may appear during pregnancy and up to one year after childbirth.  Many women are undiagnosed and are not getting the support they need. Increasing postpartum education and support will help many who are suffering alone. Here are some facts and numbers about PPD.

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