The link between postpartum depression and body image
There is evidence to suggest that body image concerns may be a risk factor for the development of postpartum depression.
The physical changes that occur during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as societal expectations about how a woman's body should look after having a baby, can contribute to body image concerns and negative feelings about one's appearance.
These concerns can be exacerbated by the demands of caring for a newborn and the lack of time and energy for self-care.
It is important for women to be aware of the impact of body image concerns on their mental health and to seek support if needed.
It is also important for healthcare providers to be aware of a patient's body image concerns and to consider these when evaluating their risk for postpartum depression and developing a treatment plan.