Dealing With Your Postpartum Depression Naturally

Photo of woman post partum depression LocateADocThe birth of your child is a momentous occasion that will fill you with an unimaginable feeling of love and joy. After months of hard work and hours of labor, holding your healthy child in your arms makes you feel like nothing else in the world. Unfortunately, for some, this is followed by a despondency that psychologists define as postpartum depression, or PPD.PPD is a special form of depression that occurs for certain women sometime after the birth of their child, usually within a year. It is often caused by the extreme body changes or stress that occur during and immediately following pregnancy. The symptoms typically range from anxiety or melancholy to low appetite and depleted energy. Unfortunately, this occurs for many women at a time when they should be happiest. But it is important to remember how common this issue is and that you are not alone.

Typical treatments that your psychologist may suggest include: therapy, behavioral adjustments, or medication. Here are a few natural methods of combating PPD that anyone can benefit from.

Change your Diet

Adopting a better diet focused on fresh fruits and vegetables will help both your mental and your physical well-being.

Talk With Family Members

Talk to you mother, grandmother, or friends who may have gone through similar bouts of depression. Sharing stories and getting advice will not only help you, but also build unique connections with your loved ones.

Go Outside

There is often nothing better for the body and mind than a nice stroll on a sunny day. Getting your endorphins going and soaking up some vitamin-D will have you feeling better in short order.

When fighting PPD, always keep in mind that there are a wide variety of support and treatment options available, and most importantly, that you are never alone.

For more resources on PPD check out our Ask A Doc section for more answers or reach out to a local psychologist.

Further Reading

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