postpartum depression

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

How I Realized I Had Postpartum Depression

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I'm a new mom and I'm experiencing some postpartum depression. There are a few things I think contributed to my developing it. First of all, I'm prone to anxiety and depression and have struggled in the past with social anxiety. While I was pregnant, I had a secret concern that I would wind up... read more

Could Postpartum Depression Harm Your Child’s Growth?

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This is some sad, and possibly true, news. New research suggests that moms who deal with depression could affect their children's height. The study, conducted by Professor Pamela J. Surkan of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, surveyed more than 6,000 mothers who suffered from moderate to severe depression after giving birth. Researchers tracked the growth... read more

Stay-at-Home Moms Are More Likely to Be Depressed

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Could staying at home with baby put you at higher risk for depression? A new Gallup poll suggests it could. For the poll, women from three different groups -- stay-at-home moms, working moms and women without children -- were asked questions about their own emotions and lives. Working moms reported similar rates of sadness... read more

Sign of Postpartum Depression: Waking Up Baby

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Some people say “never wake a sleeping baby,” but some moms actually do this a lot. And that could be a result of postpartum depression. According to a new study from Penn State University published in Child Development, moms with depression symptoms were worried and anxious about their infants’ sleeping habits at night,... read more