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Postpartum Depression

Prevention of Postpartum Depression

Developing a solid network of family, friends and other means of social support can help new mothers ameliorate the effects of postpartum depression, though they won’t necessarily prevent them. If you are pregnant and have a history of depression, anxiety disorders or bipolar disorder, consult your doctor; he or she may be able to assess your risk of depression early. In addition, taking antidepressants after they deliver may assist women who suffered postpartum depression after a previous birth in preventing a recurrence.