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Postpartum Depression Treatment

Jun 13, 2014

Having a baby is an emotional experience. New moms experience a range of emotions from happiness and excitement to depression and anxiety. Many new moms experience the baby blues, which can cause rapid mood swings. When the baby blues don’t subside a more lasting condition called postpartum depression may be the problem. Fortunately, postpartum depression can easily be treated so new moms can manage their symptoms and enjoy life with their new baby.

Self Help

Professional treatment is not always required for treating postpartum depression. There are many things a new mom can do to elevate her mood. Lack of sleep makes depression worse so getting a full eight hours daily is important even if you have to enlist the help of relatives. Postpartum depression activist Kimberly Wong explains that woman often have a hard time seeking help because of a bad stigma related to postpartum depression. Wong encourages friends and relatives to support these women in their time of need.

Exercise can be just as effective as medication when it comes to treating depression. As soon as you are medically cleared to exercise you should get up and get moving. Ten to fifteen minutes of sunlight a day can also help lift your mood, so getting out for a walk can really help with postpartum depression. You should also make sure you are eating balanced meals. Nutrition not only affects your moods, but it can also affect your breast milk.

When you have a new baby, taking time for yourself may seem like a luxury you can’t afford. Ask others for help so you have time to do things for yourself. Even something as simple as a shower or a soak in a warm bathtub can help you unwind. Don’t hold yourself to a high standard. You don’t have to be a super mom. Focus on the things you are doing right instead of focusing on the negative.

Professional Help

In some cases postpartum depression can be so severe that it requires medical intervention. Clinical psychologist Ivy Margulies explains that woman counseling is often the first step in seeking professional help. Woman can seek one-on-one therapy, or join a support group for new moms. Counseling will help you find better ways to cope with your feelings.

In some cases medication can help treat postpartum depression. Antidepressants are proven in the treatment of postpartum. If you are breastfeeding, make sure you inform your doctor so he can prescribe a medication that won’t be harmful to your baby. Hormone therapy can also help treat postpartum depression. Estrogen drops rapidly after childbirth so estrogen replacement therapy can counteract the side effects that come with that drop. 


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