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Causes & Risk Factors of Post Natal Depression

Depression during pregnancy is the best predictor for PND. Other causes and risk factors include a combination of these physical and emotional factors:

  • Hormonal changes

  • Sleep deprivation

  • Family history of mood related disorders such as depression, PND and bipolar disorder

  • Having stopped antidepressants prior to pregnancy

  • Lack of a support structure after childbirth

  • PND after previous childbirths

  • Stress around childcare

  • Complications during childbirth

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