Having a baby is supposed to be a happy and exciting occasion, but for many women, the experience is anything but happy. Peri and postpartum depression are depressive disorders that affect pregnant women and new mothers. Postpartum depression emerges after your baby is born and peripartum depression occurs while you’re still pregnant.
Some of the common symptoms of peri and postpartum depression include:
Your conflicting emotions often exacerbate peri and postpartum depression. You may feel like you should be happy or excited, but instead feel guilty or like a bad mother because you don’t.
In many cases, peri and postpartum depression are triggered by the hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy. While you’re pregnant, your body produces extra thyroid hormones, estrogen, and progesterone, which influence your moods. When you give birth, your body immediately stops producing the extra hormones, and the sudden drop in your hormone levels can trigger depression.
Other factors that contribute to peri and postpartum depression include:
If you think you have peri or postpartum depression, don’t suffer in silence or shame. Make an appointment for treatment immediately.
Dr. Bekker offers compassionate, customized treatment for peri and postpartum depression. She begins with a thorough assessment of your mental and physical health, including blood work and tests to identify other medical factors that contribute to your symptoms.
Dr. Bekker works with you to implement a treatment plan to regulate your mood and help you resolve any underlying issues that contribute to your depression. She may recommend medication and therapy, as well as some lifestyle adjustments to improve your overall health and sleep.
Call My Best Self, LLC or make an appointment online today if you experience any signs of peri or postpartum depression.