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Certain factors may increase a new mother’s risk of depression during and after pregnancy. Detection of risk factors early is critical to preventing postpartum depression. The following represents possible risk factors.

- A personal history of depression or another mental illness or substance abuse
- A family history of depression or another mental illness
- A lack of support from family and friends
- Anxiety or negative feelings about pregnancy
- Previous pregnancy, birth or postpartum difficulties
- Marriage or money problems
- Stressful life events
- Young and/or single mother
- Complications during labor/birth
- Low confidence as a parent
- Problems with baby’s health
- A major life change at same time as birth of baby

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