Perinatal depression, is a depression that occurs during pregnancy or in the weeks or months following childbirth.
Perinatal depression is different from the "baby blues," which are temporary mood swings.
Perinatal depression is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness
sadness, emptiness, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, fatigue and anxiety
History of depression, hormonal fluctuations, lack of social support, stressful life events