If PPD happens to you, know that help can start by having a conversation with your doctor. Your doctor is the best person to help determine what next steps may be right for you.
PPD isn’t all about the postpartum period. Expert opinions vary as to when PPD begins. While some say PPD can start during pregnancy or up to 4 weeks after childbirth, others believe it can begin during pregnancy or up to one year after childbirth.
Your doctor can screen you for symptoms of PPD with a short questionnaire, such as the EPDS (Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale), during your pregnancy or postbirth checkups. It takes only a few minutes but can help your doctor plan for what’s next.
In the US, about 50% of PPD cases may go undiagnosed. That’s why it’s important to have a postpartum team and to talk to your doctor at each visit about how you’re feeling.