How we can help postpartum blues

How we can help postpartum blues

What is postpartum blues?

Nearly 80% of women will experience an emotional roller coaster known as the ‘baby blues’ after giving birth. 

According to the CDC, 11-20% of women yearly have postpartum depression symptoms. This means that approximately 600,000 women get PPD each year in the US alone.

Postpartum blues is a healthy range of sadness that peaks on day 5 after giving birth in most women. Severe postpartum blues is a high-risk state for postpartum depression.

Hormones that helped sustain a healthy pregnancy drop rapidly after giving birth and since hormones and emotions are closely connected, the hormonal upheavals can cause rapid mood changes as well as the feeling of being overwhelmed.

(Src: National Academy of Sciences)

Post-Pregnancy Discomforts

Nine months of pregnancy change your body in more ways than you might have expected, and those changes do not stop after delivery. That is why postpartum care is important for every woman. After your pregnancy, you might experience various discomforts such as:

  • Vaginal Soreness
  • Abnormal Vaginal Discharge and/or bleeding
  • Painful Postpartum Contractions
  • Urination Problems
  • Hemorrhoids and Uncontrolled Bowl Movements
  • Postpartum Depression and Mood Changes
  • Anemia
  • Back Pain
  • Sore Nipples and Breastfeeding Problems

How can good nutrition help PPD recovery?

A dietary supplement was designed to compensate for a temporary rise in a brain protein, monoamine oxidase A, which occurs on postpartum day 5. This study tested whether this dietary supplement reduces the sadness associated with the postpartum blues. Total levels of tryptophan and tyrosine in breast milk are not affected by this dietary supplement.

Women received the dietary supplement over postpartum days 3–5 or received no supplement. Dietary supplements strengthen your body, dramatically reducing feelings of sadness and distress on postpartum day 5 which is the peak time when most women experience the postpartum blues.

How can we help?

We have multiple highly qualified OB/GYN specialists that offer postpartum nutritional counseling that will help you not only to prevent postpartum depression through targeted nutrition and supplement advice, but also to:

  • Ensure healing and recovery from delivery with an adequate protein intake
  • Support a robust breast milk supply by meeting your calorie and micro-nutrient needs to develop a healthy and sustainable plan to reach your post-baby goals.
  • Ensure healing and recovery from delivery with an adequate protein intake
  • Support a robust breast milk supply by meeting your calorie and micro-nutrient needs
  • Develop a healthy and sustainable plan to reach your post-baby health goals

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