Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Post Partum Depression- Ask for Help


Post Partum Depression (PPD)- ASK FOR HELP!

 How can spinal chiropracitc care help postpartum depression?

Post partum Depression or PPD affects up to 20% of new moms or 1 in 7  mothers depending on the study, but it can be effectively treated. An effective treatment is some combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which emphasizes here and now tools to get the woman back on her feet, remember:

You are not alone.
You are not to blame.
You will be well.
Your experience is real and there is help.

“For year chiropractic’s beneficial effects on emotional stress and personality have been noted. At least one journal has quoted a doctor as saying that “postpartum depression is a rarity in patients receiving…manipulative therapy (sic).” [7] [7] Peterson, D.M. More on OMT in obstetric care. Journal of the AOA, 1975, 74, p. 597.

Up to 80% of women experience the baby blues postpartum. But they will usually begin having more good days than bad ones by the time their babies are two weeks old. Women who are depressed longer should seek help from a healthcare professional.

Symptoms of postpartum depression include: “Sadness, anhedonia (inability to experience pleasure), sleep disturbances, emotional sensitivity and appetite disturbances. Depression occurs during pregnancy at similar rates and should be treated as well. A medical screening is important to rule out other conditions that cause depression, including thyroid disorders.Postpartum anxiety disorders are also common, obsessive in their thinking, irritable, compulsive about baby care or housework, and have physical symptoms such as stomach aches, muscle tension/spasms, headaches and fatigue. They probably wouldn’t consider themselves depressed and might not seek help. Women who have OCD have disturbing, intrusive thoughts of harming their children or that they have harmed them in some way. These women are upset by their thoughts and would not act on them. They often secondarily become depressed.
Women with a history of depression or anxiety, or a history of mood disorders in their biological families are most at risk “No one is immune. It’s the most common complication of childbirth.”

Having physical help caring for the baby can offset the risk.  Women often plan to have help for two weeks or less which is inadequate for most women. Our culture gives women an impossible vision of motherhood to live up to. Being around other new mothers is a huge buffer; it can dispel the isolation and pain around learning this new role.


ASK FOR HELP! Many mothers do not ask for help when they need it, ask someone to make dinner and bring it over for your family- yes they can fold laundry, sweep your floor and vacuum as well. This is not a weakness to ask for help.Click here for The Edinburgh Post partum depression questionnaire.

Post Partum Depression Questionaire

Natural ways to combat PPD
 Omega-3 fatty acids


1.      Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of good fat needed for normal brain function. Our bodies can't make omega-3s on their own, so we must obtain them through our diet. Studies have linked depression with low dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids. In countries with higher fish consumption,  the depression rate is 10 times lower than in North American. Postpartum depression is also less common.

2.      SAM-eSAM-e, pronounced "sammy", is short for S-adenosyl-L-methionine. It's a chemical that's found naturally in the human body and is believed to increase levels of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.

3.      B- Complex with Folic Acid and

4.      5-HTP5-HTP is short for 5-hydroxytryptophan. It's produced naturally in the body and is used to make the neurotransmitter serotonin. Although taking 5-HTP in supplement form may theoretically boost the body's serotonin levels, many experts feel there is not enough evidence to determine the safety of 5-HTP. It should not be combined with antidepressants.

5.      Get adjusted- post partum depression is lower in patients that get regular adjustments

Dr. Joelle Johnson is located at 142 Erickson drive, Red Deer. She has extensive training and education on pre and postnatal care. Dr. Joelle is a mother of 3 and has been practising in Central Alberta for over 15 year. www.family1stchiro.ca to book an appointment call  403-347-3261

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