What causes postnatal depression?
Are you at risk of PND? Be on the lookout for these causes.
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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 depression

More information on postnatal depression:

"My life with post natal depression"

Postnatal depression symptoms and risk factors

A real-life postnatal depression story

Exposing postnatal depression

8 dangerous signs of PND 

Did you suffer from PND? How did you handle it?

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