Will I be likely to suffer from postpartum depression is I have a family history of depression?

Increased risk. Most women have some sort of "baby blues" after delivery. Lack of sleep and hormonal fluctuations are the culprit here. Postpartum depression is a more serious condition and a personal or family history of depression or anxiety increase the risk of postpartum depression occurring. There are great therapists that specialize in postpartum depression, don't be afraid to talk to your doc.
Stay Healthy. Get plenty of regular exercise, eat a well balanced diet, have regular check-ups with your obstetrician, seek counseling if you are particularly stressed out, maintain a healthy level of spirituality if so inclined, stay positive and seek out positive relationships, continue a happy sex life-if you have such desires, make sure you don't sweat the small stuff and look forward to motherhood.
More at risk. You would be more at risk with a family history of depression, but that doesn't mean you will get ppd. It does suggest that you should educate yourself, tell your physician of your concern, and let your family know to be aware of the signs and symptoms, so they can let you know if they think you should seek help.
Post partum depressi. Depression is more likely if having parents or close relatives with depression. In post-partum, there are risk factors such as prepartum anxiety or depression, cigarette smoking, formula-feeding, childcare stress, limited social support, poor marital relationship, single marital status, infant temperament/colic, low socioeconomic status, unplanned or unwanted pregnancy.
Ppd. Making life style changes helps if risk factors are present, as indicated in previous response.

Related Questions

Is a woman who already has a history of depression at greater risk for experiencing postpartum depression?

It can. A history of depression during pregnancy, having a history of depression or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (pmdd) all increase one's risk of postpartum depression.

I suffer from anxiety/depression and am 20 weeks pregnant. Will I likely have postpartum depression?

See below. Since you already have depression, you will certainly have an increased risk of developing postpartum depression. Discuss this with your obstetrician and psychiatrist. And, educate yourself about postpartum depression, and have a plan for obtaining help.
You are at risk. Not necessarily, but you are at increased risk for postpartum depression. It would be good to be aware of the symptoms of ppd, so you can get help if you begin to experience symptoms. Also, if symptoms begin during pregnancy, contact a mental health specialist w perinatal expertise.

How does postpartum depression affect my family?

Adds More Stress. Any illness puts a stress on a family balance. Having a baby puts a stress on a family as well (even if it's a positive stress). Every family deals differently with stress and any particular action by the family will be dependent on how family deals with stress during "bad" times. If you feel, you have post-partum depression, get evaluated, get treatment for your sake and sake of your child.
Multiple ways. Subtle interractions between yourself and the baby can be affected. A babies brain is 400 gms at birth and 800 grams at 2 Y.O. A lot is happenning that affects basic programming and had been termed maternal looping. Otherwise, we probably don't have to tell you the effects; increased stress changes the dynamics and it depends on the family, get help.

What should family members do for a person with postpartum depression who is refusing help?

Encouragement. Encourage them to get treatment and be supportive. You cannot force one into treatment unless they are a danger to themself or others.

Can postpartum depression more often affect those who already suffer from depression?

It can. A history of depression during pregnancy, having a history of depression or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (pmdd) all increase one's risk of postpartum depression.

What percent of women suffer form postpartum depression?

11-42% This is very common, with as many as 42% of moms experiencing ppd. The risk is higher if there is a personal or family history of ppd, depression, or anxiety.
Onset of PPD. Postpartum depression can present anytime in the first year. It is most common to begin within the first 3 to 4 months. However it can begin later in the first year, particularly with changes like abruptly stopping nursing, beginning of birth control pills, etc. If you suspect you may have ppd, contact your dr. And seek help from a mental health specialist with expertise in treating it.

Does postpartum depression more often affect those who already suffer from it?

Yes. Post-partum depression is at high risk for someone who has hx of depressive disorder or previous post patum depression.
Yes. If you have had postpartum depression before, your risk of a re-occurence increases with subsequent pregnancies. If you have had or currently experience depression, you are higher risk during the postpartum period than a woman who has no history of depression.