Risk Factors for Getting a Postpartum Mood Disorder

Below are the most common risk factors for getting postpartum mood disorders:

    • You have a history of depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar or another mood disorder, either during pregnancy or at other times
    • You have a family history of mood disorders and/or postpartum mood disorders
    • You had a postpartum mood disorder after a previous pregnancy
    • You’ve experienced stressful events during the past year, including illness, job loss, death of loved ones, or pregnancy complications
    • You’re having problems in your relationship with your spouse or significant other
    • You have a weak support system
    • You have financial problems
    • You had trouble getting pregnant
    • The pregnancy was unplanned or unwanted (although in my case it was very planned and that resulted in high expectations, trying to be supermom, see last risk factor)
    • traumatic birth experience
    • baby has health issues
    • trying to hard to be supermom; high expectations

Amanda Dodson Gremillion published her first book in 2012. She began revising it in 2019 and republished it as Just Buy Her A Dress and She’ll Be Fine. The story chronicles her experience with severe postpartum OCD, anxiety and depression. Amanda is a graduate of Auburn University, and now lives in Calera, Alabama, with her husband, Jay, their daughter, Aubrie, and their two dogs, Honey Girl and Cooper. She hopes to write more books in the future. Follow Amanda’s journey on Facebook,  or twitter at https://twitter.com/AmandaGremilli2 and order her book here.  Also, follow her on the Mighty here Amanda Dodson Gremillion | The Mighty Contributor