- Approximately 1 in 10 women will experience postpartum depression after giving birth, with some studies reporting 1 in 7 women.
- Postpartum depression generally lasts 3 to 6 months, however, this varies based on several factors.
- It is estimated that nearly 50% of mothers with postpartum depression are not diagnosed by a health professional.
- 80% of women with postpartum depression will achieve a full recovery
https://www.postpartumdepression.org/resources/statistics/ Last accessed 08/29/2022
WHO estimates that worldwide, 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth experience a mental disorder, primarily depression. Perinatal depression, which encompasses both categories of women, impairs a woman’s ability to function and also hinders the development of the child. While pregnant women everywhere are susceptible to perinatal depression and other mental illnesses, the problem is greatest in developing countries, where WHO estimates that 20% of mothers experience postpartum depression.
https://online.regiscollege.edu/blog/womens-mental-health/ Last accessed 08/29/2022
Some normal changes after pregnancy can cause symptoms similar to those of depression. Many mothers feel overwhelmed when a new baby comes home. But if you have any of the following symptoms of depression for more than 2 weeks, call your doctor, nurse, or midwife:
- Feeling restless or moody
- Feeling sad, hopeless, or overwhelmed
- Crying a lot
- Having thoughts of hurting the baby
- Having thoughts of hurting yourself
- Not having any interest in the baby, not feeling connected to the baby, or feeling as if your baby is someone else’s baby
- Having no energy or motivation
- Eating too little or too much
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Having trouble focusing or making decisions
- Having memory problems
- Feeling worthless, guilty, or like a bad mother
- Losing interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Having headaches, aches and pains, or stomach problems that don’t go away
Source; https://www.womenshealth.gov/mental-health/mental-health-conditions/postpartum-depression Last access 08/29/2022