Post Natal Blues And What You Can Do
Post-Natal Depression is a serious condition that can debilitate both a mother and child in the early or even later phases of parenting. It can consume a mother and render her incapable of self-care and maternal care for a newborn or for an infant and it can lead to issues that interfere with mother-baby bonding, nurturing and healthy early phase development.
But there is a lot you can do. The use of natural remedies and naturopathic solutions can help to alleviate post-natal depression symptoms and depressive problems for mothers. Today we consider some of these natural products and also offer suggestions that can help to soothe mother and newborn and help them to develop a secure and positive early phase of relating.
Post-Natal Depression – Early Signs and Symptoms
Post-Natal Blues can often begin at around 72 hours post childbirth. 2-3 days after the birth of the baby, the new mum to be can experience a massive hormonal drop and shift as a result of the changing circumstances of her body.
The new mother has been carrying the baby in-vitro for 9 months and with the birth of the child comes the next phase of the process. The maternal body undergoes childbirth and the beginning phase of breastfeeding. The pregnancy hormone levels drop phenomenally as the mother’s body is realigned for infant phase childrearing and feeding.
While this is a completely natural process, it can also result in an intense feeling of sadness and overwhelm. Some mothers even report feelings of acute depression and in extreme cases, thoughts of suicidal ideation and futility may occur.
If these are left unchecked or unacknowledged, the mother may not understand the process she is undergoing. Knowledge, intervention, awareness and the use of natural products can help top restore hormonal and emotional balance to the mother and prevent a spiralling of the condition which can lead to full-blown and longstanding post-natal depressive illness.
Modalities for Treating Post-Natal Blues and Depression
Some of the modalities that can be used for treating post-natal depression and blues include the following:
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
You can speak with your naturopath of your practitioner about alternative treatments that may help to address the problem and operate as an alternative to the allopathic use of anti-depressant medication that can be passed through the breast milk from mother to baby. The latter can disrupt normal serotonin levels in the developing baby and in my view, needs to be approached with thorough awareness and extreme caution.
Dr. Neill Epperson from Yale University in the USA, states that “postpartum major depression occurs in approximately 1 of 10 childbearing women and is considerably under-diagnosed.” He also goes onto state that the ratio concentration of antidepressant medication passing through to the infant is relatively low and has little adverse affect on the infant.
Natural Products as an Alternative
Some of the natural products you can use to help with symptoms include the following:
- Wild yam
- Avena Sativa
- Omega 3, 6 and 9’s.
Ask your practitioner to advise you and guide you through the process of monitoring and treating your postnatal depression or blues issues.
Also remember to develop a good support network around mum and baby, and get as much sleep and gentle exercise as you can. This can help enormously.