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Are some women more at risk for depression during than after pregnancy?

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Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Not As Common: It is certainly possible for women to struggle with depression during pregnancy, and those who would be most likely to have depression would be women who have a history of depression or who are experiencing severe stress or lack of support in their environment. However, in general the pospartum period is a time of greater risk for depression compared to during pregnancy.

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Are certain women more at risk for depression during and after pregnancy?

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Dr. Danielle Salhany
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Women with a history of depression are at higher risk of post partum depression. But post partum depression could affect any new mother. Make sure to discuss with your OB or midwife any past history of depression. Post partum depression is serious. There is help available and no woman should suffer alone.

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