What Is Postpartum Depression?
It’s common for new moms to feel emotional and even sad from time to time. But if you don’t feel better in about a week, it might be more than just the “baby blues.” It could be postpartum depression, which is a common complication of childbirth.
If you’re experiencing postpartum depression, you probably feel anxious, fatigued and restless. Experts believe postpartum depression may be caused by changes in hormone levels during and after pregnancy.
If you’ve recently given birth and aren’t feeling like yourself, talk to your obstetrician right away. By getting the help you need soon, you can return to enjoying your life and your baby.
Treatment Options for Postpartum Depression
Various treatment options are available for women suffering from postpartum depression.
- Counseling/therapy. A mental health professional can help you better understand your feelings and how to cope with them and solve problems.
- Medications. Antidepressants are a common treatment for postpartum depression. Some medications can be taken while a mom is breast-feeding; however, others should not.
- Hormone therapy. Estrogen replacement therapy may help counter the estrogen drop that comes with childbirth. While research on hormone therapy’s effectiveness is limited, for some women it may help.
Why Parrish Medical Center
Having a baby is an exciting time, but it comes with challenges. At Parrish Medical Center, we believe in whole-body wellness—working with women to enhance their minds, bodies and spirits.
That’s why our women’s health team is here to help women achieve total postpartum wellness. After childbirth, obstetricians, gynecologists, dietitians and more are here to help moms navigate this exciting and sometimes, challenging, time.