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Peripartum depression, depressive symptoms experienced during pregnancy or postpartum, are quite common in new mothers. In fact, 10 percent of women experience depression during pregnancy and 1 in 5 women experience postpartum depression. More than 66 percent of women with postpartum depression will also experience significant anxiety symptoms. Peripartum depression is actually the most common complication of childbirth.

Women may experience symptoms during pregnancy, immediately following birth, or even one year postpartum. Common symptoms include:

  • Lack of joy in life and pleasure in things you previously enjoyed
  • Severe mood swings
  • Anger and irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of concern for yourself or baby
  • Emotional numbness
  • Feelings of sadness, guilt, and hopelessness
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or infant