Hormone changes following birth are common. Often, this chemical shift can result in symptoms such as depression or increased anxiety, a condition known as baby blues. However, this hormonal change can sometimes lead to the development of a depression disorder known as postpartum depression.
For many mothers, these symptoms only last a few days or a week. Typically, symptoms resolve entirely within two weeks.
Baby blues symptoms may often resemble those of depression and anxiety. Drops in certain brain chemicals can lead to mood swings, and episodes of feeling depressed, and overwhelmed.
Symptoms of baby blues may include:
Some of the medications involved in PPD treatment include:
Self-care may not be able to treat PPD on its own, but it is an important part of recovery from PPD and birth. Taking time to eat, rest, and tend to your physical and mental health is essential to recovery.
Some of the treatment for baby blues includes:
Both the baby blues and postpartum depression can make it difficult to enjoy an otherwise joyous and important milestone in your life. However, treatment is available when faced with baby blues or the more severe PPD.
At Iris Healing, you’ll find various holistic treatment options dedicated to restoring balance in your life to help you best enjoy your new child. Here, you will find a professional staff experienced in treating various types of depression, including postpartum conditions. You will also find treatments dedicated to restoring your physical health in balance with your mental health, such as yoga, breathwork sessions, and even physical therapy.