The Difference Between Postpartum Depression & Baby Blues - Learn How You Can Combat Both, Naturally
The day your child is born is a milestone that you’ll remember forever. It’s a joyous moment on bringing your new baby into this world, and a moment I will never forget. While raising your newborn baby can be fun and exciting, there are some changes that your body may experience after giving birth. In this blog, we’re going to break down the difference between Postpartum Depression and “Baby Blues”, while also exploring ways you can combat them both - naturally!
Let’s dive a little deeper and see what Postpartum Depression (PPD) is. PPD is a mood disorder that doesn’t have a single cause but it usually occurs after childbirth. Once a mother gives birth to her child, her level of hormones begin to drop and this could lead to mood swings. On top of that, her body is not fully recovered because her sleeping pattern has fluctuated due to giving birth. So this can result with a combination of emotional and physical factors. This particular mood disorder doesn’t occur with every mother, only about 15% of new mothers will experience PPD. It’s very important to be aware of the symptoms: losing interest in enjoyable activities, feeling hopeless/sad, irregular sleeping patterns, avoiding family and friends, doubting the ability to take care of baby, frequent stomach problems and headaches, and more. The symptoms for PPD can be extreme and can occur a couple days after delivery or as late as two years after delivery. Pleas note, there are many different perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, if you feel you have any symptoms please talk to a healthcare provider.
The Post Baby Blues
Now let’s talk about “Baby Blues.” This is not as intense as Postpartum Depression, and is used to describe the feelings of unhappiness, fatigue, impatience, or worry after having a baby. This is highly normal because mothers naturally feel worried or uneasy when they need to provide attention and care for their baby because babies do require a lot of that. Baby Blues is found to be more common in mothers than PPD. It affects up to about 80% of mothers, the feelings are mild and go away on their own with time. There isn’t any treatment that you need to do if you have Baby Blues since they go away on their own.
Combating the postpartum hormones naturally
For a more natural approach to balancing your hormones during the postpartum period, try eating whole foods and omega 3 fatty acids which contain mood-boosting nutrients that our bodies can't produce on their own. Aim to incorporate fish and mussels at least once a week during dinner to boost your omega 3 and fatty acid intake. Foods that are unprocessed or unrefined, such as fresh fruit, veggies, beans and lentils are always a good choice as well.
If you know anyone, or yourself is going through Postpartum Depression, here are some ways I believe can help combat it. For PPD, one of the best ways to deal with it is to talk to a mental health professional or undergo some kind of therapy. In this case, you can talk about whatever you’re going through and work on whatever it is you’re dealing with. Acupuncture is also another great method I like to use because it rebalances your hormones. But again, please always consult with a healthcare provider to find the right method for you!
Are there any other helpful tips or information you tested while battling the Baby Blues, or PPD? I’d love to know in the comments below!