If you are a parent, or expecting a baby, you have surely heard of postpartum depression, or PPD. Many moms are actively on the lookout for signs such as sadness, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, anger toward or feeling disconnected to their baby – all the while, hoping and praying that they aren't dealt the dreaded PPD deck. Although no one knows for sure how their body and mind will react to having a baby, there are some postpartum depression risk factors you probably didn't know about that can increase your odds of struggling with the mood disorder.
Depression in women is very common. In fact, about one in nine women experience depression before, during, or after pregnancy, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health care providers are even beginning to conduct prenatal and postpartum depression screenings. Postpartum Progress noted that postpartum depression may be so prevalent because it is caused by a combination of nature and nurture. This means that not only do the outside factors (sleep deprivation, physical exhaustion) contribute to perinatal mood disorders, but biological and emotional factors do, as well.
Here are some risk factors for postpartum depression that you may not have known about.