What are the risk factors for postpartum depression?

Updated: Oct 11, 2019
  • Author: Saju Joy, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Women at highest risk for postpartum depression are those with a personal history of depression, who have suffered a previous episode of postpartum depression, or who have experienced depression during pregnancy. [9, 11] In addition to a history of depression, recent stressful life events and daily stressors, such as childcare, lack of social support (especially from the partner), unintended pregnancy, and insurance status, have been validated as risk factors. [2, 11, 28]

Adolescents in the prenatal and puerperal period have higher rates of depressive symptoms and depression than their adult counterparts; however, their risk of depression is comparable to their nonpregnant peers. [44]


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