postpartum depression

A Text a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

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It may be a small start, but a text message could be the simplest way to boost a new mom's day. With the help of a grant from the Maternal Child and Family Health Coalition (MCHFC), researchers from Saint Louis University explored how supportive text messages could help low-income, racial minority mothers with postpartum depression. Their... Read more

How Many Dads Suffer Postpartum Depression?

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The stigma around postpartum depression is lessening; we talk about it more and more, making it easier and more encouraged for women to seek treatment. But does the same hold true for dads? One in ten dads will suffer from postpartum depression. And a new study highlights the negative effects this could... Read more

Calling Off Postpartum Depression?

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Wondering what you can do you lessen postpartum depression? You can start by making a phone call. A new Canadian study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that support from peers might be able to reduce postpartum depression (PPD) up to two years after delivery. But just talking to friends and family isn't... Read more

Postpartum Depression May Begin During Pregnancy

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It’s natural for women feel a range of emotions during pregnancy and after baby’s arrival. But a new study finds that how you feel before giving birth can help clinicians identify your risk for three distinct subtypes of postpartum depression. Pinpointing these characteristics early on can help determine how you should be treated. "A... Read more

The Really Important Reason You Shouldn’t Try to Be a “Super Parent”

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It's been written off as the result of hormonal changes for years, but postpartum depression, and new-parent mental health in general, may have more to do with the way our culture shapes parenting. As you've probably noticed, having a baby is a pretty life-altering thing. So it's not surprising that new moms and new dads are especially... Read more

You’re at Risk for Postpartum Depression Much Longer Than You Think​

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If you've made it through the first year of motherhood relatively unscathed, congratulations! It's a trying time for your mental health, sometimes tainted by baby blues or postpartum depression. But a new study out of Australia warns you might not be in the clear... Read more

The ‘Mummy Tummy': Setting the Record Straight About a Woman’s Postbaby Belly and Body

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All eyes were on the Duchess of Cambridge for the most publicized birth of the year -- the arrival of the royal baby boy! Less than 24 hours after the unmedicated natural childbirth, Kate Middleton left the hospital with Prince George in her arms, wearing a modest print dress with no overcoat... Read more

Unplanned Pregnancy Puts Moms at Higher Risk for Depression

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A new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women with unplanned pregnancies are four times more like to suffer from postpartum depression after 12 months postpartum. The study, which was done at the University of North Carolina's prenatal clinics, questioned roughly 1,000 women about their... Read more

Skin-to-Skin Contact May Help Moms Fight Postpartum Depression

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Baby's birth involves a few hundred -- no, thousand -- feelings for mom! You're in love, all over again, with a tiny baby you've been growing inside of you; you're nervous; you're suddenly aware that life is just more than sleeping in on Saturdays and a good manicure. But for some moms, baby's birth also... Read more

Staying Happy as a Stay-at-Home Mom

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I recently read about a poll that suggested stay-at-home moms are more likely to be depressed than their working mom counterparts. This was doubly true in SAHMs in lower-income households. This does not surprise me at all. What’s more, I think this situation applies to more women than just those who label themselves... Read more