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Q&A: Postpartum depression treatments?

I think I might have postpartum depression. What should I do?

Re: I think I might have postpartum depression. What should I do?

The Bump Expert

First, talk to your doc. Even if you've just got a tiny feeling that there might be a problem, it's a good idea to get checked out by a professional. If your doc agrees that something is going on, she'll probably have a few suggestions.

If you don't already see a therapist, your doc might recommend it. She should be able to refer you to a few potential therapists. You can also call your insurance company and ask them for therapists in your area that accept your plan. Feeling comfortable with your therapist is essential -- it's okay to shop around and be a little picky! After all, it's important that you're able to talk openly about everything that's going on.

If the depression is severe, your doc may recommend an antidepressant. If your baby is nursing, be sure to mention this to your doc -- there's been some discussion about how (if at all) breastfeeding babies are affected when their mother is on antidepressants. Just like with a therapist, you might need to try a few different medications before you find the one that's right for you.

Alternative Therapies
From fish oil and St. John's wort to acupuncture and aromatherapy, tons of different methods are commonly recommended as alternative therapies for depression. It's not a bad idea to run whatever you decide to try by your doctor.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Postpartum depression treatments?

If you are a Natural nut such as me and really don't want prescribed Meds...try Raw Vitamin B Complex by Vitamin Code. B12 is a natural antidepressant and it worked for me! It's all natural and organic and will not hurt baby if you are breastfeeding. Also know this....if you are a believer in God/Jesus...the devil doesn't want you to feel competent so he puts thoughts in our heads to make us (Mothers) feel like we can't do it. PLEASE...we have been equipped by the most high and prayer is another solution. God doesn't give us anything we can't handle so mind over matter is another cure! You have to dig mentally and know that you can do this, you are NOT the only one that is going or has gone through it and women end up OK! I am truly here to tell you that this to shall pass! |

Q&A: Postpartum depression treatments?

Hi, does anyone know if Sepia is ok to take for Post Partum Depression while breast feeding? I have been taking it for 11 days now.

JeannieHI |

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