Between 50-80 percent of mothers some very short-term anxiety, fearfulness, irritability and mild depression for a few days after the baby is born. This is known as the Baby Blues.
Baby Blues is thought to be due to the massive drop in pregnancy hormones, aggravated by tiredness, physical discomfort and concern about managing the baby. The specific cause for postnatal depression are thought to be similar to those of the Baby Blues, except that Postnatal Depression sufferers may react far more strongly to the hormonal changes that occur post-natally.
A clinical nutritionist may suggest that part of the problem is that after pregnancy the mother is lacking minerals and vitamins and may well prescribe Vitamin B, C complex, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium supplements. Amino acid supplements such as phenylalanine, tryptophan and tyrosine to help ease depression.
When to seek further professional advice
If Baby Blues have not disappeared within two weeks, the mothers should see a doctor because there is the possibility that they may deepen into Postnatal Depression. This can be very severe and both mother and baby will suffer serious consequences if this is not treated.
Acupuncture can do a great deal to normalize and rebalance a woman's hormonal levels again.
Homeopathy: A Homeopath may suggest Pulsatilla for extreme weepiness. Natrum mur. to assist feelings of withdrawal, guilt, or possibly irritabilty.
Aromatherapy: For relieving stress and fatigue, oils such as clary sage, bergamot and jasmine can be helpful.
Bach Flower Remedies, Massage, Reflexology, Colour therapy, and Autogenic Training can also prove to be very helpful.
The Baby Blues do not need treatment as such, other than loving support from a partner and family. With the proper emotional support and treatment, Postnatal Depression can often be cured within three months. Postnatal Depression can be helped by Extra Help and support at home. Plenty of sleep, Counseling, Antidepressants and/or hormonal therapy.
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