How to Plan for Postpartum Depression

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And don't forget to click the bell, so you'll be the first to know when my new video's come out Welcome back to the hormone healing show Postpartum depression is a really difficult difficult thing It happens to many women Sometimes it's called the baby blues, sometimes it can go into what's called a postpartum psychosis

And it can be incredibly damaging for the mother's psyche as well as her relationships, as well as the separation she may have from her baby So, it's really important to know what postpartum depression is, and to get to treat it as early as possible Most of the time it is missed So, let me explain why you would even get the baby blues or postpartum depression When you're pregnant, your estrogen levels are so high

That's just to get that everything growing Of course, your other hormones like progesterone, prolactin are really high But it's estrogen that's really affecting your brain Estrogen's that's helping your brain create serotonin, which is that happy hormone that keeps you in balance and makes you feel wonderful, and happy, and joyful But all of a sudden you give birth, and your estrogen levels plummet

By day nine your estrogen levels are so low that if you don't have enough support in terms of the rest of your hormones, in terms of your life style, in terms of just your natural brain chemistry, then you're going to slip into a postpartum depression Now, the way postpartum depression looks is you're incredibly overwhelmed by taking care of a new baby You're getting anxious, you feel depressed, you're crying all the time Everything frustrates you, and you usually have trouble getting to sleep although you're exhausted It's like a typical depression but now you have a newborn to take care of

And especially, if you're breastfeeding as well, which of course you should be doing if you can, it's going to make it even more complicated, cause that depressed energy and anxiety that you're feeling is being transmitted to the baby, and the baby's getting more anxious and making you feel more anxious So, what are you going to do about it? So, there're three things that you can do about it to help with your postpartum depression, to prevent it and to treat it The first is you need help It takes a village to raise a child But more so, it takes a clan of women to help you with your newborn

It is not enough for you to just have your partner with you You need more help than that Okay? In the past, in aboriginal cultures, in a not too far past, all of us women had multiple women around us We had midwives, we had doulas, we had our aunts, we had our sisters, we had our mothers, we had women from the village, women in the neighborhood And they would help us with that newborn

They would cook, they would clean, they would help us with the breastfeeding issue, diapering issue, keep our spirits up, and most of all, take the baby from us so we can get some sleep Now, if you don't get enough help, you're going to slip in to some baby blues, no matter what So, organizing help before the baby is born is crucial to help preventing postpartum depression And absolutely, if there're any signs of postpartum depression, then you want to get help as soon as possible And I'm talking about, get the women there

Now, you also need to get help in terms of contacting your health care provider, you need to get your lactation expert there, you need to get other help that's professional, but you really need your women with you that can help you through having a newborn, taking care of a newborn and lifting your spirits Now, number two, you need sleep Sleep is when you, and especially when you're sleeping in the dark, you're producing enough melatonin that will become seratonin during the day Now, it's difficult to get enough sleep when you're breastfeeding a baby around the clock, every two to three hours, a brand new born But you need to try to get as much sleep as possible, so you make enough melatonin, so that you can have enough serotonin, so you don't slip into those baby blues

You need to have help in order for you to get that sleep And when the baby is sleeping, you need to sleep I don't care if it's in the middle of the day, I don't care if you have dishes to do and laundry to do That's why you have the other women there to help you out You need help and you need that baby to go down and sleep, and you need to sleep when the baby's sleeping, so you get as much sleep as possible to prevent postpartum depression, make enough melatonin to surge into serotonin, to keep happy

And number three If you develop postpartum depression, and especially if you catch it early around day nine, you can be prescribed estrogen, particularly estradiol, and take extra B vitamins, either by injection or sublingually Orally works too but sublingual and injection gets in a lot faster, estrogen transdermally or sublingually underneath the tongue Both of these together prescribed early enough postpartum, can prevent and treat postpartum depression It is really critical that you get this early

Now some women are a little concerned that if they take estrogen, it'll affect their breast milk production Low doses will not I've been using estrogen and B vitamins for postpartum depression for 25 years, and it works every single time You just need to get it in on board, prescribed by your provider by day nine That's why it's super important to know the early postpartum depression symptoms

Teary, anxious, unable to sleep, irritable, not bonding with the baby, even sometimes having your milk, trouble having your milk coming in can actually be some of those signs that can make you even more depressed And one of the things that, not all of you are new moms, not all of you're about to expect a baby, or have daughters or granddaughters that are expecting babies But know that if you suffer from postpartum depression when you're young, you're much more likely to have menopausal depression later So, please alert your healthcare providers so that they know that you need to get on treatment, you need, probably need bioidentical hormones if you can take them, as soon as possible, going into perimenopause and menopause So, now that you know what you need to do to prevent and to treat postpartum depression, it's just not easy if the rest of your hormones're out of balance

That's why I created the hormone review training for you to discover how to get your hormones balance naturally It's free Just click the link and the description below this video So, what's one hormone healing tip you might try this week? Leave your answer in the comment section below And make sure you sign up for my hormone reboot training

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