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Postpartum Mental Health

Postpartum Depression and Postpartum anxiety plague many moms after birth. There is no need to continue suffering. There is no shame in seeking help... You can get real, practical solutions and loving support - the kind of nonjudgmental care that makes all the difference! You will recover faster from Postpartum Depression if you have a doula by your side!

Did you know... If you suffered from depression or anxiety
before pregnancy, you have a higher risk of struggling with prenatal depression (depression during pregnancy) and postpartum depression (depression during the post-natal period)?

Did you know that more than 1 in 10 new dads also struggle with depression during the postpartum period?
Postpartum Dads Project - Article on Depression

How can you help yourself to prepare?
Get adequate support, with plenty of rest and emotional-health-promoting nutrition and don't expect yourself to fight this struggle alone!

Women have been helping other women get through this tough transition for centuries, together. You don't have to battle postpartum depression of postpartum anxiety on your own.
It's natural and healthy to desire support.

Give yourself permission to seek out the best providers
and receive the care that you and your babies deserve.


Is This Normal?

- Are you feeling sad or depressed?
- Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
- Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
- Do you feel anxious or panicky?
- Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
- Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind?
- Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?
- Do you feel like you never should have become a mother?
- Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?*

Any of these symptoms, and many more, could indicate that you have a form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, such as postpartum depression. While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Please know that with informed care you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and can fully recover. There is no reason to continue to suffer.

Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help you recover. Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, there are actually several forms of illness that women may experience, including:

Pregnancy (also called antepartum) or Postpartum Depression.
A woman with PPD might experience feelings of anger, sadness, irritability, guilt, lack of interest in the baby, changes in eating and sleeping habits, trouble concentrating, thoughts of hopelessness and sometimes even thoughts of harming the baby or herself. Learn more about PPD, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.

Pregnancy (also called antepartum) or Postpartum Anxiety.
A woman with PPA may experience extreme worries and fears, often over the health and safety of the baby. Some women have panic attacks and might feel shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, a feeling of losing control, and numbness and tingling. Learn more about PPA, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.

Pregnancy or Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Women with PPOCD can have repetitive, upsetting and unwanted thoughts or mental images (obsessions), and sometimes they need to do certain things over and over (compulsions) to reduce the anxiety caused by those thoughts. These moms find these thoughts very scary and unusual and are very unlikely to ever act on them. Learn more about PPOCD, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.

Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PPTSD is often caused by a traumatic or frightening childbirth, and symptoms may include flashbacks of the trauma with feelings of anxiety and the need to avoid things related to that event. Learn more about PPTSD, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.

Postpartum Psychosis.
PPP sufferers sometimes see and hear voices or images that others can’t, called hallucinations. They may believe things that aren’t true and distrust those around them. They may also have periods of confusion and memory loss, and seem manic. This severe condition is dangerous so it is important to seek help immediately. Learn more about PPP, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.*

* from PSI, Postpartum.net

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Natural Health Options for Up-Moods

- Bergamot, essential oil
       Bergamot is an inexpensive and mood-lifting essential oil. One sniff and you'll agree, it's sunshine in a bottle. Use drops on your wrist, as a perfume, on your pillow, a drop in your morning tea, drip a few drops on the floor of your shower when you step in, use in a diffuser or just keep a bottle handy for sniffing.

- Vitamin B
       Using a Vit. B complex can help your body manage water levels and thereby stabilize mood. This is water-soluble and something we excrete in urine quite quickly, so will need to be taken daily.

- Iron
       When moms are anemic, they find themselves exhausted easily and their moods also suffer. Getting enough sleep and taking an iron supplement, can improve your emotional state.

- Sleep!
        This seems like a no-brainer, but the truth is, we need more sleep than we get when we're new moms. Have your partner (or a grandparent/aunt/friend) allow you to nap in silence while he/she takes the children for a walk or to the park or a playdate. Hire a postpartum doula to care for your home and newborn overnight while you catch up on needed zzzzzzzzz's.

- Sunshine
        Sit on the porch or in a sunny window and enjoy some warm rays and all the benefits of UV therapy. Sunshine positively affects our mood and can help us achieve more restful sleep at night.

- Hire a Postpartum Doula!
        Hiring a Postpartum Doula can make all the difference in your home and give you a feeling of peace and sanity - even if it's just once a week. You can never underestimate the power of in-person, practical support.

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Additional Resources:

Great Publications: Guides for Self-Care

A Self-Assessment Scale

Postpartum Depression Support Group

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