Risk factors for postpartum depression

Katherine Stone, Parenting Columnist & Advocate, explains the laundry list of factors that put women at risk for postpartum depression in order to help prevent it
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Risk factors for postpartum depression

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I think people are surprised by how many things actually do put you at risk for postpartum depression. It's not one or 2. It's an entire laundry list. It's everything from if you've been through infertility treatment, those women are at higher risk. Women who are immigrants, they're from a different area and they've moved and maybe they're not around the support system tha they are used to. Women who are low income lots of financial stress. Any woman who experienced any sort of trauma as a child, maybe losing a parent, losing a mom is a big one. Military moms whose spouse or partners are deployed. People who actually adopt children are at risk for having postpartum depression. If you have diabetes, type 1, type 2 or just gestational, you're at high risk for postpartum depression. If you've had depression or anxiety or any kind of mental illness. It's a lot. It makes me sad that more women don't know all about all of these and are more in advance and sort of prepared. That maybe this might something that would happen to them because I think that would go a long way in helping moms understand what might come and then it's not their fault tha they had this real risk factor. There's something that you can do about it. I look forward to the day when we do that a lot more.

Katherine Stone, Parenting Columnist & Advocate, explains the laundry list of factors that put women at risk for postpartum depression in order to help prevent it

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Katherine Stone

Parenting Columnist & Advocate

Katherine Stone is the founder and editor of Postpartum Progress, the world’s leading blog on postpartum depression, and a columnist for Disney’s Babble.com. She’s also the founder of Postpartum Progress Inc., a national nonprofit focused on vastly improving support for women with PPD. In 2012, Katherine was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List. She also was listed among the most influential mom bloggers in 2011 and 2012 by Babble, and has been selected as a Health Hero by WebMD. Katherine has been featured by CNN, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL, PBS, The Today Show, HLN, ABC News and the Washington Post, among others.

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