What is Postpartum Depression (PPD)?

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a type of depression that affects some women after having a baby. Typically, it develops within four to six weeks after giving birth, but can sometimes take several months to appear. Usually, there is no clear reason for the depression. The patient may experience fatigue, sadness, episodes of crying, irritability, anxiety, and irregular sleeping patterns. Family, partner and close friends' support can have a major impact on a faster recovery. Experts say it is better for the mother to express how she feels to people she can trust, rather than bottling everything up inside. Being open, moderate exercise, and following a well balanced healthy diet can help in treating postpartum depression.

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