Postpartum Depression – 1 treatment that can naturally make a powerful difference!

What is Postpartum Depression?

When a baby is born, a mother can feel many strong emotions. The emotions vary from excitement and joy to fear and worry. But it can also lead to something unexpected: depression.

Every mother wonders how to deal with postpartum depression.
Postpartum Depression is not a weakness or a flaw in the person who has it. Sometimes it’s just a problem that emerges after you give birth.

If you have Postpartum Depression, getting help as soon as possible can help you deal with your symptoms.

While psychiatric drugs can really help you stay online, some patients seek additional help at Soma Clinic.
Some people benefit from psychotherapy sessions. Others feel better with regular acupuncture sessions. Some prefer to use Chinese herbs and see a marked difference. Really, it is a lot of who responds better to what. People come to us for help when they feel blue or depressed after giving birth.

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Postpartum Blues VS Postpartum Depression

Baby blues are a common postpartum effect that normally starts within the first two to three days after delivery and can linger for as long as two weeks.

However, some women also go through Postpartum Depression. It is a more severe and prolonged form of postpartum effect. Postpartum psychosis is an intense form of Postpartum Depression that only affects a small percentage of women following childbirth.

Mothers are curious to know when postpartum depression can start and what postpartum depression causes.

Depression after giving birth is not due to a lack of willpower or a character defect. Sometimes it’s just a natural difficulty of the birthing process. If you are diagnosed with Postpartum Depression, seeking treatment as soon as possible helps you better manage your symptoms and improve your ability to bond with your new child. Risk factors for postpartum depression can even become worse.

Baby blues Symptoms:

Baby blues don’t last more than a few days to a week or two after your baby is born. Some of the signs could be:

  1. Sadness
  2. Irritability
  3. Feeling overwhelmed
  4. Crying
  5. Anxiety
  6. Appetite problems
  7. Mood swings
  8. Reduced concentration
  9. Trouble sleeping
Postpartum Blues or Depression overwhelmed

Postpartum Depression Symptoms

These are some of the Postpartum Depression symptoms:

    1. Severe mood swings
    2. Excessive crying
    3. Difficulty bonding with your loved ones
    4. Withdrawal from your family
    5. Feelings of worthlessness
    6. Hopelessness
    7. Recurrent thoughts of death
    8. Inability to sleep
    9. Inability to awake from sleep
    10. Brain fog

Risk factors for postpartum depression can even involve suicidal thoughts.

What are the Postpartum Depression Causes?

Postpartum depression causes include both physical and emotional problems.
Changes in Physiology: A sudden drop in hormones may cause Postpartum Depression after giving birth. There may also be a sharp drop in other hormones your thyroid gland makes. This can make you feel exhausted, slow, and sad.
Emotional Changes: It can be hard to deal with even small problems when you’re tired and stressed. You might worry about how well you can take care of a baby. You might feel less attractive, have trouble knowing who you are, or think you’ve lost control of your life. Any of these things can lead to depression after giving birth.

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Postpartum Depression Symptoms – TCM Version

From the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, these are the symptoms that accompany postpartum depression:

  1. Insomnia
  2. Malaise
  3. Chest constriction
  4. Low mood
  5. Incessant crying
  6. Loss of appetite
  7. Vivid dreaming or nightmares
  8. A sensation of a foreign object in the throat

Does Acupuncture treat Postpartum Depression?

If you suffer from Postpartum Depression and wondering which TCM Postpartum Treatments can help, acupuncture is certainly a good intervention to consider.

Instead of Prozac, Acupuncture is a better way to treat depression after giving birth. While Prozac can cause nausea, dizziness, and a loss of appetite, Acupuncture has no side effects.

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that is a big part of traditional Chinese medicine. Thin needles are put into the body, usually to relieve pain. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been helping women get better after giving birth for more than 3,000 years. They can be very helpful for common postpartum problems. People with mild to moderate depression may feel better after 8 to 12 treatments over 4 to 6 weeks, but the duration of the treatment and how often it is done can vary.

How does Acupuncture treat Postpartum Depression?

People with a lot of stress or depression can benefit from Acupuncture. Acupuncture helps to improve emotional regulation, elevate mood, and provide a sense of overall well-being.

Acupuncture lets endorphins out into the body and may help flow blood. A rise in endorphins may give the mind and body a boost, which could make some of the symptoms of depression go away. When you get Acupuncture, your nervous system releases beta-endorphins, which make you feel good. These are important for dealing with pain. They work like morphine.

How often should a Woman Receive Acupuncture Treatment to see Health Improvements?

It does depends on the person and her mental health journey. That said, some women do feel significant relief from the first session onwards.

After one or two sessions, many people start to feel better. In some cases, this can take longer, so some Acupuncture experts say to give it at least five sessions before deciding it doesn’t work. If Acupuncture makes you sleepy, take a nap or go to bed earlier that same day. It gives your body a fast way to get more energy. Many of my clients slept 10 hours or more after the session and felt great the next day. Acupuncture is 100% safe for women who are pregnant.

What is the Difference Between Chinese Acupuncture and Western Acupuncture?

Western Acupuncture, like dry needling, is based on tangible anatomy. It is given to stimulate certain muscles or nerves to affect the patient’s physiology. The approach is often reductionist and seeks to treat a certain part of the body.

Chinese Acupuncture is part of a larger health philosophy that includes herbal medicine, manual therapy, and changes to how you live your life. Chinese acupuncture can be given for musculoskeletal conditions e.g. lower back pain or ankle sprain, but in general, the treatment philosophy and choice of points is more holistic and takes the patient’s body type and psychoemotional state into account.

How do you treat Postpartum Depression at Soma Clinic?

Postpartum Depression is a type of depression that happens after a woman has a baby. People with Postpartum Depression have emotional ups and downs and may find it hard to care for their babies. Medication and counseling can help with Postpartum Depression.

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At Soma Clinic, we offer treatment for postpartum depression.
We use a acupuncture style that promotes “grounding.” This helps to brings the mother’s spirit more strongly back to her core.

The bottom line

Acupuncture may be a good way to treat depression with low risk.

Make sure you find an acupuncturist in your state that has been properly trained and has a license. It is also important to keep up with other treatments for your depression, like therapy or medicine. Postpartum depression treatments are available at Soma Clinic. Try the grounding method at Soma Clinic to reduce depression and boost your spirits.

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