A new baby brings a lot of changes in your life. Whether you are suffering from Postpartum Depression or Baby Blues you aren’t alone and you shouldn’t have to go through it alone.
Postpartum Depression Facts
Getting ready for the arrival of a new baby is exciting. You have spent weeks or months of anticipation dreaming about what life will be like once you can hold and snuggle your sweet baby. Unfortunately, postpartum depression isn’t always predictable and is out of your control. Maybe this is your first true episode of depression, your delivery didn’t go as anticipated, you may be having a hard time bonding to the baby, your romantic relationship goes through new challenges, and sometimes adding a new baby to a household with other children can be exhausting. You aren’t alone!
According to the Canadian Psychological Association, “Up to 10% of new mothers living in cities in economically developed countries like Canada experience significant PPD. The rate in the rural US and in developing countries is two to three times higher.”
Postpartum Depression is different from the baby-blues. Many mothers (up to 80%) can experience baby-blues that fade away after a few weeks. Postpartum Depression lasts longer and can turn into more chronic depression without help.
Postpartum Depression isn’t just as a result of a new baby but could be caused by underlying depression that previously existed.
Men can also suffer from Postpartum Depression due to the changes in their marriage and the new challenges of being a dad.
Signs of depression are easily missed in new mothers because of sleep deprivation, hormone changes, body weight fluctuation, and decreased energy levels. These symptoms are normal in a new mom.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
If you suffer from most of the following symptoms you may be experiencing postpartum depression and should seek help. Remember, this is nothing to be ashamed of, and getting help is helping both yourself and your new baby.
Sadness and extreme irritability and crying
Severe mood swings
Increased feelings of anxiety, anxious behavior, or panic attacks
Insomnia or sleeping too much and lethargy
Inability to concentrate
Lack of interest or pleasure in activities
Feeling out of control
Feelings of guilt towards the baby or feeling like an inadequate mother
Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
Postpartum Depression Support & Treatments
If you feel you are suffering from postpartum depression we strongly encourage you to speak to your medical doctor or set up an appointment with one of our Naturopathic Medicine Doctors. Denise Semple & Associates in Burlington offers programs geared specifically towards Women’s Health and that includes managing postpartum depression. After a thorough assessment, we can work with your medical doctor to implement an individualized treatment plan to help you feel better. Our team of practitioners works together and with your medical team to help improve your outcome. We are here to help you every step of the way.
Reach Out Today!
If you or someone you know is suffering from postpartum depression please reach out to us. For same-day appointments contact our office at 905-639-7113 or book now online with one of our registered therapists.