Postpartum depressive mom, you are not alone

Risk factors for postpartum depression

  • Being younger than 20 years.
  • Consume alcohol or illegal drugs and smoke
  • Unintended pregnancy or unclear and diffused thoughts for pregnancy.
  • A history of bipolar and anxiety disorder before pregnancy.
  • Stressful events during pregnancy and after delivery such as health problems or death of a close person, difficult or preterm delivery, illness or defects of the child.
  • A family history with depression or anxiety disorder.
  • Lack of close relationship to the partner or lonelenes.
  • Financial or housing problems
  • Insuffcient support.

Recommendations for women suffering from postpartum depression

  • Ask your partner or family for help with baby care.
  • Share your feelings with other persons.
  • Don’t make essential changes in your life in the first time after delivery. Don’t try to be perfect.
  • Go out, visit your friends and, create situations which allow you to spend time lonely with your partner. Relax and rest when it is possible. Sleep too when your baby is sleeping.
  • Be open for recommendations of other mothers experienced similar problems.
  • Untreated depression can last many months and even years.

If you are experiencing the symptoms listed below contact a psychiatrist


  • your postpartum blues last longer than 2 weeks.
  • the severity of depressive symptoms increases and you feel exhausted.
  • the symptoms interfere with your daily activities.
  • you don’t take care of yourself and your baby and you may not be able to fulfill baby’s needs.
  • you think of harming yourself or your baby.
  • you have irrational thoughts or signs like you hear voices or see things that aren’t visible for others.