Postpartum Depression | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • I thought I’d feel differently after giving birth. Are my feelings normal?
  • Do my symptoms indicate postpartum depression?
  • What treatment option do you recommend for me? Do I need medicine?
  • I’m breastfeeding. Is this treatment safe for the baby?
  • How long before I can expect relief from my symptoms?
  • What can I do at home to help relieve my symptoms?
  • What should I do if my symptoms don’t get better, or if I feel like I might hurt myself or my baby?
  • If I have another baby, what are my chances of having postpartum depression again?


Postpartum Major Depression: Detection and Treatment by C. Neill Epperson, M.D. (American Family Physician April 15, 1999,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00