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How common is getting depression during and after pregnancy?

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Dr. David Kline
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Very common

Pregnancy and the post-partum time are very challenging.
There is the loss of one's body to deal with along with a host of new challenges and responsibilities. There is a hormonal component to this as well and coupled with sleep loss and a very needful newborn, it is not surprising that depression can happen even with the best of circumstances and support systems.

In brief: Very common

Pregnancy and the post-partum time are very challenging.
There is the loss of one's body to deal with along with a host of new challenges and responsibilities. There is a hormonal component to this as well and coupled with sleep loss and a very needful newborn, it is not surprising that depression can happen even with the best of circumstances and support systems.
Dr. David Kline
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
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In brief: Common

Post-partum depression is usually a hormone imbalance.
I find that balancing the hormones works very effectively rather than prescribing antidepressants.

In brief: Common

Post-partum depression is usually a hormone imbalance.
I find that balancing the hormones works very effectively rather than prescribing antidepressants.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry

In brief: Not uncommon

Among women with a history of depression or bipolar disorder, 5-10% will experience depression during pregnancy and 20-30% will experience it postpartum (without treatment).
The risk is lower for women who do not have a history of mood disorder. Almost all women experience a spell of blues after delivery, which should not be confused with postpartum depression.

In brief: Not uncommon

Among women with a history of depression or bipolar disorder, 5-10% will experience depression during pregnancy and 20-30% will experience it postpartum (without treatment).
The risk is lower for women who do not have a history of mood disorder. Almost all women experience a spell of blues after delivery, which should not be confused with postpartum depression.
Dr. Samuel Miles
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