postpartum depression

Get Rid of Postpartum Depression Naturally

Postpartum depression affects about half a women in the US alone every year and nearly half of cases remain undiagnosed, leaving women and men to suffer with this severe depression as well as the care of a new child on their own. If left untreated it can develop into postpartum psychosis which can have devastating outcomes. Postpartum is caused by severe hormonal changes, stress of caring for a new born, and women with a history of depression, mental illness, severe PMS or who had medical complications are at higher risk of developing PPD.

 

How do I know if I have Postpartum Depression?

  • Feeling sad or empty
  • Feeling numb emotionally
  • Frequent crying
  • Feeling irritable
  • Bouts of anger or tempter tantrums
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Abnormal appetite
  • Feelings of low self-esteem
  • Disinterest in activities
  • Tendency to isolate oneself
  • Obsessive concern with the baby
  • Disinterest in the baby

If you or your loved one experience any of the following seek medical care immediately:

  • Visual or Aural hallucination
  • Delusional behavior
  • Paranoid and irrational beliefs
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Thoughts of harming or killing the baby
  • Extreme agitation
  • Violent outbursts
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Refusal to eat or sleep
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation

 

How can I prevent Postpartum Depression?

There are no guaranteed ways to prevent postpartum depression because it is directly related to the flux of hormones experienced after childbirth.

 

How can I treat Postpartum Depression?

  • Keep up a healthy diet after giving birth.
  • Get as much sleep as you can.
  • Set aside time to relax everyday.
  • Get out, get sun. Vitamin D deficiencies can cause depression which can worsen PPD.
  • Share your feelings with friends and family. Seek a support group if necessary.
  • Exercise! Exercise releases good chemicals called endorphins that help to boost mood.
  • Ask for help if you need it!
  • Set realistic expectations. No one expects you to be the perfect parent, just the best parent you can be.
  • Bioidentical hormones such as those found in soy can help to stabilize the wildly changing hormones.
  • Take a SAM-e supplement to help increase serotonine and dopamine levels naturally.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids help to normalize brain function.
  • Folic Acid is found in leafy greens, fruits, beans and grains and is important in helping with brain function.
  • Avoid things that cause mood swings such as caffeine and alcohol.
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