How do I know if I am at risk of depression during and after pregnancy?

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William D. Knopf, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Certain factors may increase your risk of depression during and after pregnancy:
A personal history of depression or another mental illness A family history of depression or another mental illness A lack of support from family and friends Anxiety or negative feelings about the pregnancy Problems with a previous pregnancy or birth Marriage or money problems Stressful life events Young age Substance abuse
Women who are depressed during pregnancy have a greater risk of depression after giving birth.
This answer is based upon source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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