The Reality of Motherhood Affected by Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression, a moderate to severe depression that affects a mother any time from the birth of the child up to a year after, is not what a new mom with a precious baby in her arms expects. The normal expectation of any new mother is one of joy and bliss of motherhood.
Unfortunately, the reality is that postpartum depression can happen to any new mother. According to the Center for Disease Control, between 11% and 20% of pregnancies result in the mother being diagnosed with postpartum depression. That is approximately 950,000 moms every year!
More intense than the more common “baby blues”, which lasts a shorter period of time with symptoms that are less severe, postpartum depression can be detrimental for not only the mother, but the baby and the rest of the family as well.
Although there are some risk factors linked to postpartum depression, no one knows for sure what causes it. Many women are embarrassed, ashamed, or afraid to admit what they are experiencing – afraid their baby will be taken from them, ashamed to feel like an unfit mother, embarrassed at the lack of control they have over their own feelings.
In the past, a woman suffering from postpartum depression had no other options offered to her than the traditional treatment of antidepressant medication prescribed by her doctor. But what about the women who don’t want to take drugs? Some moms worry about the lack of conclusive results on the safety of taking antidepressant drugs while they are nursing their baby. Many women fear the side effects with prescription medication for depression, realizing that sometimes these side effects can be severe.
So, what other choices are available for a mother who suffers from postpartum depression? Fortunately, natural solutions for postpartum depression are available that don’t include taking medication.
An excellent resource for natural methods to combat postpartum depression is compiled in a book written by Hypnotherapist Laura Rude’, owner and editor of Postpartum Living (www.postpartum-living.com). The book, titled, “Creating Postpartum Wellness, Natural Solutions to Banish Depression after Childbirth”, offers complementary and alternative methods to help a woman dealing with postpartum depression. The book is available for purchase on amazon.com in both e-book format and paperback.
A comprehensive six week all-natural program for combating postpartum depression is also available in support of the book. It can be found at: http://www.postpartum-living.com/program.html.
No mom should be robbed of the joy she can experience with her new baby.