There’s no doubt that welcoming a new baby to the family is hands down one of the most joyous occasions for any mother. That being said the rush of emotions aren’t exclusive to positive ones and often women experience varying levels of postpartum depression that can quickly spiral out of their control.
In fact, according to the March of Dimes, 1 in 7 women experience PPD, though in very different ways. While PPD typically begins anywhere from one to three weeks following the delivery, it’s not entirely uncommon for women to begin experiencing symptoms an entire year later.
What Does Postpartum Depression Look Like
Unfortunately, PPD shows up differently for every woman, so no set list of symptoms explains the experience entirely. For some women PPD causes a lack of energy and happiness during their new phase in life despite the excitement of a new baby. For others there are intense feelings of guilt, sadness and emptiness that seem to lurk day in and day out.
Other symptoms include:
- Lack of appetite
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Lack of connection to baby
- Lack of focus
- Suicidal thoughts
What Causes PPD
While there’s currently no conclusive answer to the singular cause of PPD, much of the focus has been on hormone levels during and after pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant, the placenta produces extra progesterone which is known for being a mood booster. Following the birth of a child, women also deliver the remaining placenta, dropping the progesterone levels drastically and thus, causing an imbalance in hormones.
This is thought to be the driving factor behind PPD. Additionally low thyroid hormones, previous psychological issues, the added stress of a new routine, and the demands of caring for a newborn can all instigate any underlying baby blues.
Treating PPD With BioTe
Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since the first case was finally recognized in the 1850’s.
Now instead of shunning mothers to battle this disorder silently, there are incredible treatments, therapies and organizations available to support women with PPD.
And BioTe is absolutely one of them.
With BioTe- the innovative hormone replacement therapy now available- women can naturally increase and balance their hormone levels following the birth of their children without antidepressants. BioTe is a pain free and simple treatment that can drastically improve the mindset and lives of women of all ages- especially new moms. Additionally, because BioTe is naturally derived and identical to the hormones already found in the human body, women can breastfeed while being treated without any fear for the child’s safety or health.
Starting or growing your family should be the best time of your life- not the catalyst for pain, sadness or loneliness. If you’re currently suffering from a hormone imbalance in connection to postpartum depression or for alternative reasons, schedule a FREE consult with us today at Hill Country Vitality or North Hills Family Medicine. Our experienced team is waiting to help get your hormones back in working order so you can enjoy the life you’ve created for yourself and your family.