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Mood and anxiety issues during pregnancy and the postpartum period are
the most common complications of pregnancy. But it does not have to be that way.
The use of clinical nutrition offers hope for those suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety issues (PPD). Nutrients are precursors of the brain’s neurotransmitters, and every other biological function of the human body. Nutritional supplementation is being used to successfully prevent and treat PPD. It is vitally important to address one’s nutrient status during the reproductive season.
Nearly 90% of depressed patients are nutritionally deficient. Pregnancy is the biggest nutrient drain known to human beings. When this fact is coupled with nutrient status and the poor quality of most prenatal vitamins it is easy to see why so many women suffer with PPD and depression during pregnancy.
Many non-pharmacological approaches exist that are as effective as medications, but without side effects that medications come with. Many times, these approaches address the underlying etiology of illness; not just the symptoms. Women should always see their health care provider for assessment and discussion of which treatment is best for their specific case.
WellPostpartum E-News exists to support women who are at risk of developing PPD; helping them learn more about prevention and treatment. Our goal is to support women in lifestyle changes that will provide them with hormonal balance and a healthy energy supply.
Why is it important to study non-pharmacological treatments for
perinatal mood and anxiety disorders?
According to University of Toronto’s Cindy Lee-Dennis, up to 50% of mothers are often reluctant to take antidepressant medication due to concerns about breast milk transmission or potential side-effects.
The Australian researcher Anne Buist says women are often reluctant to admit how they are feeling to doctors who they fear will give them an antidepressant.
Marlene P. Freeman, M.D. shows that doctors can sometimes have difficulty explaining the risks of untreated perinatal mood disorders and the use of medications versus the benefits of treatment to their patients. Some women will remain fearful or unconvinced of the need for medication.
Indeed, some women are so concerned about the safety of medications that they will refuse to seek help altogether. One study shows that only 10 percent of women think it is safe for women to take medication for depression while they are pregnant, compared to 68 percent of doctors.
This reluctance and fear, added to cases of women who do not find prompt relief from standard medical treatment, speak to the need for well-researched alternative or integrative approaches to maternal wellness.
Researchers are calling for more studies to be conducted on integrative approaches for the prevention and treatment of various psychiatric disorders.
Well Postpartum E-News provides a place for mothers to learn more about preventing and treating PPD without using medications.