If you want to know what you need to do to treat postpartum depression, then read on. Postpartum depression is a very difficult thing. It happens to many women. Sometimes it is called the baby blues. Sometimes it can go into what is called a postpartum psychosis and it can be incredibly damaging for the mother’s psyche, as well as her relationships, not to mention the separation she may have from her baby. So it is really important to know what postpartum depression is and to get it treated as early as possible. Most of the time, it is missed. So let me explain why you would even get the baby blues or postpartum depression.
When you are pregnant, your estrogen levels are so high. that is just to get everything growing. Of course, your other hormones like progesterone or prolactin are really high, but it is estrogen that is really affecting your brain. It is Estrogens that is helping your brain create serotonin, which is that happy hormone that keeps you in balance and makes you feel wonderful and happy and joyful. But, all of a sudden, you give birth and your estrogen levels plummet. By day nine, your estrogen levels are so low that if you do not have enough support in terms of the rest of your hormones, in terms of your lifestyle, in terms of just your natural brain chemistry, then you’re going to slip into a postpartum depression.
Now the way postpartum depression looks is that you are incredibly overwhelmed by taking care of a new baby. You are getting anxious, you feel depressed, you are crying all the time, everything frustrates you, and you usually have trouble getting to sleep, although you are exhausted. It is like a typical depression but now you have a newborn to take care of. And especially if you’re breast-feeding, as well, which, of course, you should be doing if you can, it is going to make it even more complicated because that depressed energy and that anxiety that you are feeling is being transmitted to the baby and the baby is getting more anxious and making you feel more anxious.
Hormone Healing Tip #1: Get Help
So what are you gonna do about it? So there are three things that you can do about it to help with your postpartum depression to prevent it and to treat it. The first is you need help. It takes a village to raise a child but more so it takes a clan of women to help you with your newborn. It is not enough for you to just have your partner with you. You need more help than that. In the past, in aboriginal cultures and in our not too far past, all of us women had multiple women around us. We had midwives, we had doulas, we had our aunts, we had our sisters, we had our mothers, we had women from the village, women in the neighborhood and they would help us with that newborn. They would cook, they would clean, they would help us with the breastfeeding issue, diapering issue, keep our spirits up and, most of all, take the baby from us so we could get some sleep.
Now, if you do not get enough help, you are going to slip into some baby blues no matter what. So organizing help before the baby is born is crucial to help to prevent postpartum depression and absolutely, if there are any signs of postpartum depression, then you want to get help as soon as possible. And I am talking about getting the women there. Now you also need to get help in terms of contacting your healthcare provider. You need to get your lactation expert there. You need to get other help that is professional but you really need your women with you that can help you through having a newborn, taking care of a newborn, and lifting your spirits.
Hormone Healing Tip #2: Get Sleep to Make Serotonin
Now, number two: You need sleep. If you do not get enough sleep, sleep is when you are… And especially if you’re sleeping in the dark, you’re producing enough melatonin that will become serotonin during the day. Now it is difficult to get enough sleep when you are breast-feeding a baby around the clock. A newborn needs to eat every two to three hours, a brand newborn. But you need to try to get as much sleep as possible so you make enough melatonin so that you can have enough serotonin so you do not slip into those baby blues. You need to have help in order for you to get that sleep. And when the baby is sleeping, you need to sleep. I do not care if it is in the middle of the day, I don’t care if you have dishes to do and laundry to do, that’s why you have the other women there to help you out, you need help and you need that baby to go down and sleep and you need to sleep when the baby is sleeping so you get as much sleep as possible to prevent postpartum depression, to make enough melatonin to surge into serotonin to keep happy.
Hormone Healing Tip #3: Get Estrogen +B Vitamins
And number three, if you develop postpartum depression, and especially if you catch it early, around day nine, you can be prescribed estrogen. Particularly estradiol and take extra B vitamins either by injection or sublingually. Orally works too but sublingual and injection get in much faster. Estrogen transdermally, or sublingual (underneath the tongue). Both of these together prescribed early enough, while still postpartum, can prevent and treat postpartum depression. It is really critical that you get this early. Now some women are a little concerned that if they take estrogen, it will affect their breast milk production. It, at low doses, will not. I’ve been advising the use of estrogen and B vitamins for postpartum depression for 25 years and it works every single time. You just need to get it in, on board, prescribed by your provider, by day nine. That’s why it’s super important to know the early postpartum depression symptoms.
Teary, anxious, unable to sleep, irritable, not bonding with the baby. Even, sometimes, trouble having your milk coming in can actually be some of those signs that can make you even more depressed. And one of the things that not all of you are new moms, not all of you are about to expect a baby or have daughters or granddaughters that are expecting babies, but know that if you suffer from postpartum depression when you are young, you are much more likely to have menopausal depression later so please alert your healthcare providers so that they know that you need to get on treatment. You probably need bioidentical hormones if you can take them, as soon as possible going into perimenopause and menopause. So now that you know what you need to do to prevent and to treat postpartum depression, you also know that it is just not easy if the rest of your hormones are out of balance. That is why I created Genesis Gold