Running on Empty: How postnatal depletion affects moms

((MUSIC))DR ROBERT COWAN/AUSTIN AREA OBGYN AND FERTILITY: "IT'S SOMETHING THAT PROBABLY MOST OF OUR NEW MOTHERS GO THROUGH TO SOME DEGREE AND I TRY TO TELL OUR PATIENTS THAT IT'S QUITE NORMAL TO FEEL THIS WAY

"MOMS FEELING TIRED, OVERWHELMED AND ANXIOUS MONTHS — EVEN YEARS — AFTER BIRTHLITERALLY — RUNNING ON EMPTY!SOUND LIKE YOU?KXAN'S OUR AREZOW DOOST WHO HAS BEEN LOOKING INTO THIS AREZOW WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?DOCTORS SAY THE SYMPTOMS DESCRIBE WHAT'S CALLED POSTNATAL DEPLETION SALLY YOU'VE GOT TWO KIDS AND I'VE GOT 3

IT CAN BE EXHAUSTING, BUT DOCTORS SAY THERE'S A LITTLE MORE TO THIS AND IT'S ALMOST LIKE MOMS ARE RUNNING ON EMPTYIS POSTNATAL DEPLETION THIS MEDICALLY ACKNOWLEDGED?WE TALKED TO SOME OBGYN'S WHO HADN'T EVEN HEARD ABOUT ITOTHERS SAY THEY RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS, BUT POINT OUT THAT POSTNATAL DEPLETION IS NOT A MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS

THEY SAY THE PROBLEM IS — THERE'S JUST NOT ENOUGH RESEARCH OUT THERE BUT YOU FOUND SOMEONE WHO HAS LOOKED INTO FOR YEARS?A DOCTOR IN AUSTRALIA COINED THE TERM POSTNATAL DEPLETIONHE SAYS PREGNANCY SHRINKS THE BRAIN AND DEPLETES A WOMAN'S BODY OF ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS LIKE VITAMINS AND MINERALSHE SAYS HE SAW IT HAPPEN TO HIS OWN WIFE AND THEN PATIENTSSO WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS DOCTORS WANT YOU TO LOOK OUT FOR AND CAN THIS BE TREATED?AN INSIDE LOOK AT POSTNATAL DEPLETION TONIGHT ON KXAN NEWS AT 10!THANKS,

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