Ever since we discovered we were expecting our first child I have had this fear in the back of my mind that I would be one of the women who suffer from some form of postpartum depression. Even though I fully didn’t understand what it meant, I felt it would be something worth my while to research and learn about before I get to that point. First, I started with the definition. The most comprehensive explanation of what postpartum is I found on WebMD.com. There they explained that postpartum depression is a serious illness that can occur in the first few months after childbirth. It also can happen after miscarriage and stillbirth. It can make you feel very sad, hopeless, and worthless, and you may have trouble caring for and bonding with your baby.
I was able to find a few websites and articles on the matter but the best information came when earlier this month I met Ayelet and Dr. Shoshana on-line as they shared information regarding an upcoming conference call to discus the details and facts regarding postpartum depression. I signed up to take part in the conference call because I wanted to see what additional information they had to offer on the subject. It was a wonderful call and I am glad that I was able to participate.
The different topics promised to be discus were:
- The TRUTH about Postpartum Depression
- The 1 common interventionused in 20% of births that has direct links to PPD and onset of Autism in young children!
- What your body is doing for the 6 weeks after you give birth and what you absolutely MUST and MUST NOT do to ensure your health, and your babies health – and the well-being of your entire family.
- What systemshave women had in place for centuries that have precluded PPD, and how you can start right now to put them in place for yourself!
They began and spent majority of the time discussing the different physical effects a women’s body goes into during and after delivery. There are normal physical changes that should be expected after pregnancy such as bleeding, vaginal discharge, breast changes, vaginal soreness, hemorrhoids, delayed bowl movements, post-delivery contractions, hair loss, hot flashes all of these are normal and can be uncomfortable. The signs to look for that are not normal and should be brought to medical attention would be, fevers, flu like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, excessive bleeding, extreme discomfort, anything that just doesn’t seem normal.
After discussing some of those in more detail they began to discuss the common intervention that has been used in 20% of births today and that can have an affect on PPD and that is the use of pitocin during labor. They explained the difference between oxytocin and pitocin and how they can both have an effect post delivery. Awesome information.
Then they got into the PPD, describing what it is, who’s at risk, different treatments and preventions. Some of the symptoms they provided were mood swings, anxiety, sadness, crying, irritability, finding it hard to concentrate, hard to sleep, no longer can care for baby or for self, loss of appetite, lack of joy, feelings of shame or guilt, difficulty bonding with the baby and several more. Anyone can essentially be at risk for suffering from PPD. People who have had a history of depression, or someone who has had a recently suffered a stressful event that occurred before or during pregnancy. Stressful events such as job loss, money problems, weak support system. They mentioned that there are medical treatments out there as well and alternative methods and natural medications. There are also treatment you can receive that doesn’t interfere with breastfeeding.
They were also able to touch on different prevention methods. They stressed the importance of having a well placed support system in line. Your support system can be built up of your friends, local church members, a Douala, and most common is your own mother. Having a good support system 24/7 for at least the first two weeks is crucial because it is all new and can be a very hard time to go through alone. They also mentioned physical activity such as talking walks and moving around is also very healthy and can help with preventing PPD.
Overall, a great call, very informative and I am interested in learning more. They will be offering a 4 class course to discuss all the topics in more detail this coming fall. If your interested in knowing more check out their website for updates on their classes and more conference calls. http://www.motherbabywellness.org