It’s normal to feel exhausted, scared, and a bit teary after giving birth, but ongoing postpartum depression is a mental health disorder requiring expert treatment. If you develop depression after having a baby, Nurocoach can help. The practice has offices in Katy and Houston, Texas, and access to a nationwide network of highly skilled therapists via telehealth who offer compassionate care for women suffering from postpartum depression. Call Nurocoach to arrange an appointment or schedule a consultation online today.
Postpartum depression sometimes affects women after childbirth. It typically appears within the first few weeks but can sometimes develop months or even years after having a baby.
Most new moms experience some fatigue, weepiness, and depression, commonly known as the baby blues. This is natural after the effects pregnancy and childbirth have on your body and mind, not least the shifting hormone levels. However, your mood should stabilize within a week or two, and your symptoms never get too serious.
Postpartum depression is far more severe than the baby blues and can cause significant problems for mothers.
Postpartum depression symptoms vary between people but include:
Women with postpartum depression often fear they can’t care for their babies properly. They may have difficulty bonding with their newborn, feeling disconnected from them. These thoughts and emotions make them feel guilty and anxious.
Talk therapy can be vital to helping women overcome postpartum depression. Your Nurocoach provider selects the methods most suited to your unique needs, but common approaches include individual psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
Your provider helps you process experiences from your past and address current problems that influence your mental health. They can also teach you coping skills and ways to manage the difficulties you encounter in daily life.
Some women prefer not to take antidepressant medication, especially if they’re breastfeeding, in case the drug passes into the child. Medications can also make you sleepy, so you may worry about not waking up if your baby is distressed.
However, it’s possible to overcome these problems. For instance, some medications only appear in trace amounts in breast milk, making them less likely to have adverse effects. It’s also important to consider what might happen if you don’t take the medication you need for postpartum depression.
Your Nurocoach provider offers expert guidance to ensure you make an informed choice regarding the best treatment for postpartum depression.
Call Nurocoach today or book a telehealth appointment online to benefit from effective, compassionate postpartum depression care.