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  • Antidepressants

    Drugs that are used to treat depression.
  • Baby Blues

    Feelings of sadness, fear, anger or anxiety occurring about 3 days after childbirth and usually ending within 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Cesarean Birth

    Birth of a fetus from the uterus through an incision (cut) made in the woman's abdomen.
  • Estrogen

    A female hormone produced in the ovaries.
  • Fetus

    The stage of human development beyond 8 completed weeks after fertilization.
  • Hormone

    A substance made in the body that controls the function of cells or organs.
  • Menstrual Periods

    The monthly shedding of blood and tissue from the uterus.
  • Obstetrician-Gynecologist (Ob-Gyn)

    A doctor with special training and education in women's health.
  • Postpartum Depression

    A type of depressive mood disorder that develops in the first year after the birth of a child. This type of depression can affect a woman's ability to take care of her child.
  • Prenatal Care

    A program of care for a pregnant woman before the birth of her baby.
  • Progesterone

    A female hormone that is made in the ovaries and prepares the lining of the uterus for pregnancy.
  • Psychotherapy

    Working with a therapist to identify problems and find ways to change behavior.
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