What causes postnatal depression?
Are you at risk of PND? Be on the lookout for these causes.
Postnatal depression (also known as postpartum depression) can happen to anyone.
Almost one in 10 mothers suffer from it. Unfortunately no-one can predict if you’ll be one of them, but there are some factors that make it more likely.
There are a number of causes for postnatal depression, including:
• Hormonal imbalances after the birth
• Reality shock - the overwhelming feeling of responsibility and change
• Fear of being an inadequate mother
• Feelings of guilt if you can’t breastfeed
• Feelings and fear and guilt if there were any complications or birth defects
• Unwanted pregnancy or teenage pregnancy or single motherhood
• Previous episodes of depression and took chronic depression medication before the pregnancy
• A family history of depressionMore information on postnatal depression:"My life with post natal depression"Postnatal depression symptoms and risk factorsA real-life postnatal depression storyExposing postnatal depression8 dangerous signs of PND
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