why do women get postpartum depression?
When a woman is pregnant, it is well known that her body goes through an enormous amount of changes. Carrying another human being, physically expanding, and nourishing them inside the womb for 9 months is quite an undertaking. A flood of estrogen and progesterone race through the body during pregnancy. Once the baby is born, all of the hormones the mother was housing crash suddenly, and this can have some confusing mental side effects on a new mother. Due to all these circumstances, a serious depression can occur, and it is called postpartum depression. It is normal for a new mother to get the “Baby blues” right after giving birth, which is a mild depression that usually dissipates within a couple of weeks. This is the drop in hormones combined with the physical and mental shock of childbirth, which for many women, can be quite traumatizing. Lack of sleep and new responsibilities also have a significant effect on new mothers. It has been scientifically proven, that lack of sleep is dangerous to your mental and physical health, so for a new mother, lack of sleep added on top of an extreme hormone drop, puts her in a vulnerable place. Postpartum depression is a where a new mother essentially becomes so sad and depressed that it can become a crippling, long-term illness.
Is there a cure for postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression has varying degrees for every women depending on her situation. Most severe cases are treated these days with psychotherapy, where the patient discusses their problems with a professional, or by taking prescribed antidepressants. If properly treated, a new mom could recover from postpartum depression within 6 months. In many cases, the seriousness of postpartum depression is not caught because most new moms are always exhausted, and much of the attention is focused on the new baby. Mom is often left in the background, which is why it is so important to have a support group of friends or relatives willing stay-over, clean and help care for the baby. Despite the happiness of having a new baby, this adjustment in a woman’s life can be extremely trying and signs of depression can be missed easily. Breastfeeding is something that can help if a new mom is able to. It produces oxytocin in the body, sometimes referred to as the “love drug,” which induces a feeling of contentment.
There are ways that new moms can break out of postpartum depression using homeopathic medicine. This is a medical philosophy that believes in the body’s ability to heal itself. It is an alternative form of medicine, usually derived from plants, herbs, animals, or minerals. One of the more popular homeopathic medicines for postpartum depression is Ignatia Amara, which comes from a seed and can help with feelings of anxiety. Sepia Officinalis, an ink that comes from a cuttlefish, is said to help new moms cope with extreme irritability. Actaea racemose, which comes from a flowering plant, can help new moms with constant crying and sadness. Coffea Cruda is made from raw coffee beans, and despite it’s origin, it can actually can help with sleeplessness since many postpartum sufferers deal with insomnia. There are also the basics of natural care for a new mother, such as getting enough sleep, eating plenty of food, preferably vegetables and protein. Eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as nuts and salmon is highly beneficial. Essential oils either in the bath, or to inhale can enhance mood. Jasmin and clary sage are said to be great for depression. Stretching, forms of yoga, as well as meditating can be useful forms of physical recovery. Getting out of the house and socializing is crucial. Women suffering from postpartum depression tend to isolate themselves and feel as if no one understands them. Simple, natural remedies can make a surprising difference and help new moms feel like they are able to take on all the new challenges ahead.