By Anna Pyne, Lac, MSOM, FABORM – Acupuncturist at Pulling Down the Moon
Now that your miracle baby has arrived, you might surprisingly find yourself feeling less than thrilled. The postpartum period is typically its own emotional rollercoaster ride, as there are great hormonal changes that come with the readjustment of your pregnant self to your newly non-pregnant self. It’s normal to feel the baby blues directly after birth; however, some women have a harder time than others. Thankfully, acupuncture is a safe way to treat postpartum depression.
An overwhelming condition, postpartum depression often shows itself through a range of symptoms, including:
• extreme fluctuations in mood
• loss of appetite
• intense irritability and anger
• lack of joy
• difficulty bonding with your baby
• loss of interest in sex
• feelings of shame, guilt, or inadequacy
• withdrawal from family and friends
Typically only a few acupuncture sessions are required to allow the body and mind to adjust postpartum, assuming there are no complications from labor and delivery. However, when dealing with postpartum depression, treatment will need to be extended. Acupuncture frequency will directly relate to the intensity of the presenting symptoms.
At Pulling Down the Moon, we have helped many patients with postpartum depression, using acupuncture in conjunction with a psychologist. Current research supports that acupuncture used simultaneously with psychological intervention has the same high success rates as taking an oral medication alone, with the benefit of not experiencing any of the drug’s negative side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, and lack of appetite.1
For more information, call us to schedule an acupuncture appointment.
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This article was submitted by a guest writer. The opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily represent the opinions of Shady Grove Fertility Center.