Post-Partum Depression Calculator

Depression after birth of a baby is not uncommon and can affect 10 to 18 percent of all new mothers. The National Institute of Mental Health describes postpartum depression as a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth explaining, "Mothers with postpartum depression experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it difficult for them to complete daily care activities for themselves or for others." It usually appears within four weeks of childbirth and can last weeks, several months or up to a year.

Postpartum depression can be harmful to both mother and child. Untoward incidences where depressed mothers have killed their own child have been reported in the US and the UK. Medindia provides you with a screening tool to check for postpartum-depression. If you think you are suffering from such depression, seek advice of a psychiatrist or speak to your Gynaecologist immediately and start the treatment.

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)

In the past 7 days:
1. I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things

Facts about Postpartum Depression

  • Cause of postpartum depression is unknown.
  • Postpartum depression can affect about 1 in 9 women and in India it affects 1 in 8 women
  • Higher incidence is seen in women who are overweight or obese.
  • Perineal tear (area around the vagina) during delivery may also be associated with Higher incidence
  • Any previous history of depression, anxiety or chronic pain puts a women at higher risk for postpartum depression
  • Poorly controlled pain after the delivery of the baby can increase the risk of postpartum depression
  • Women with postpartum depression were more likely to have delivered by C-section.
  • The symptoms maybe due to the large drop in the mother & estrogen levels following childbirth
  • Postpartum depression may result in lower rates of breastfeeding and poor bonding with the baby
  • Treatment includes psychotherapy and support telephone-based counselling or by a health visitor. Others interventions include omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and exercise