Symptoms of postpartum depression start in the weeks to months after childbirth, Reference miscarriage Opens New Window, or stillbirth.
In some cases, symptoms peak after slowly building for 3 or 4 months.
Postpartum depression makes it hard for you to function well. This includes caring for and bonding with your baby.
In rare cases, dangerous Reference postpartum psychosis Opens New Window symptoms can occur within the first few postpartum weeks, as soon as a few days after childbirth.
Early treatment counts
Early treatment is important for you, your baby, and the rest of your family. The sooner you start, the more quickly you will recover. And there's less chance that your depression will affect your baby. Babies of depressed mothers might be less attached to their mothers and might lag behind developmentally in behavior and mental ability.
For more information about who is more likely to have postpartum depression, see Reference What Increases Your Risk.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 16, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry