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Treating Postpartum Depression with Chiropractic Care

When you choose to have a family, it can be an exciting and nervous time in your life. There are a lot of changes that happen when you choose to have a baby that start with the change of your body, all the way through delivering and caring for your new bundle of joy.

While some people may be aware of a condition called postpartum depression, it may not be universally known. If you are looking to have a child, it is important to be aware of this condition that sometimes occurs after giving birth. Read more below to find out information about what postpartum depression is, the symptoms and chiropractic treatment options.

What is postpartum depression?

It may seem almost impossible to be depressed once you have given birth to an amazing and healthy young baby, but this is something that is more common than you may think.

Postpartum depression is something new mom’s may experience after giving birth, that involves mood swings and uncontrollable crying that may come in waves. These types of emotions may be caused by a mixture of anxiety and excitement that comes when someone becomes a mom for the first time.

What are the symptoms?

There are two types of depression that can arise once giving birth: Baby blues and postpartum. Every woman is different, meaning that some may experience both types of depression while others may only experience one

Baby blue symptoms are a more subtle and short lasting stint of sadness after giving birth. These symptoms normally last no longer than two weeks

Baby blue symptoms may include:

  • Irritability
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Crying
  • Sadness
  • Inability to concentrate

Postpartum depression may seem similar to those of baby blue, but are obvious in that they last for a longer period of time and are more intense than those of the baby blue. The most important factor of postpartum is it may interfere with your ability to take care of both your daily life and your baby.

Postpartum depression symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased irritability and anger
  • Troubles with baby bonding
  • Closing oneself off from family and friends
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble sleeping or not sleeping at all
  • Intense mood swings

Potential causes

There are a variety of potential causes that affect whether a woman will experience postpartum depression. Physical changes, emotional factors and lifestyle changes are three main influences that may have a direct relation to depression after child labor.

It is important to remember that hormones are increasingly rising and falling from the beginning to the end of a pregnancy, and this may have a direct negative effect on you when it comes to your mood and transitions.  With a baby comes change, and this sometimes may overwhelm a new mom and cause various psychological problems such as anxiety or depression because of the new and fast changing ways of her once different life.

Chiropractic Treatment

As mentioned earlier, there is a dramatic increase of hormones in the body that have an effect on all of your organs and may be overwhelming through your first pregnancy. Chiropractic care during pregnancy may be a treatment option that may help with adjusting to your body and raise in hormones throughout your pregnancy. Along with helping with postpartum depression, using chiropractic treatment may help with other possible pregnancy difficulties which include: breech deliveries, birth trauma and back pain. 

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