Causes of Postpartum Depression

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Postpartum depression is not your fault

You may be wondering why this has happened to you. Postpartum depression (PPD) is one of the most common medical complications during and after pregnancy. While its cause is not fully understood, the following facts are important:

PPD can happen to anyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, marital status, or income.

Research shows that there are biological and environmental factors that may be associated with PPD, such as:

  • Family or personal history of depression
  • Increased stressors
  • Hormone changes related to pregnancy

These are some of the factors that can contribute to PPD, but there are others. It's important to remember that PPD can happen to anyone.

Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you think you may have PPD.