Tips for Postpartum Depression

February 22, 2020

Many new moms experience a mix of emotions after birth. This is usually a combination of crying spells, mood swings, and anxiety. These emotional changes are referred to as baby blues.

Baby blues could start as early as two to three days after giving birth and may last for up to two weeks.

For some women, it could develop into a more severe form of depression called postpartum depression.

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is a form of depression that develops in some women after giving birth. It usually develops during the baby’s first year, with some women developing it as soon as the first three weeks after childbirth.

There are several factors that could lead to the development of postpartum depression. This includes hormonal changes, stress, and a history of depression.

What are the signs and symptoms to watch out for?

Women with postpartum depression usually experience feelings of sadness or despair, loss of hope, feeling of being incapable of taking care of one’s child, loss of interest in things that one used to enjoy, inability to focus, and difficulty falling and staying asleep.

What To Do If You Suspect You Have Postpartum Depression

If you suspect that you have postpartum depression, it’s important to see your doctor to be checked.

Postpartum depression can be managed with medications and counseling. 

Other things you can do to feel better while you’re working through your treatment is exercising, making simpler and smaller goals, cutting down on stressors, and seeking social support.

There’s nothing to be ashamed of in having postpartum depression. It’s not a flaw or a weakness and definitely doesn’t make you a bad parent. 

If your medications are not helping you out, TMS therapy could be an option. 

TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive technique for managing some mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. 

It’s FDA-approved and doesn’t have serious side effects.

NeurOasis offers TMS therapy. To schedule a free consultation, you can call us at (520) 338-2557.

 

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postpartum-depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20376617

https://www.webmd.com/depression/postpartum-depression/understanding-postpartum-depression-basics