Understanding Postpartum Depression

The Trinity Wellness Center

Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but some women might be overwhelmed with all of the emotions and new stresses that it can actually be a very sad and dark time. Julie Fredericksen, FNP, PMHNP, knows a lot about postpartum and has been helping women (and their families) for many years, hear what she has to say about it:
“As estrogen levels decrease over the course of a woman’s life span (premenstrual, post-partum and perimenopause), serotonin levels also decrease, creating a number of symptoms: depression, anxiety, migraine headaches and cognitive complaints, just to name a few.

The adjustment period of becoming a new mother, or a mother to a new child, can be a lot to process, even without mood symptoms.  When combined with untreated, overwhelming mood symptoms, this can become a disabling time, filled with shame of not meeting the highly anticipated pleasures and joys of a new life. 

Treatment of postpartum depression should include a plan for medication…

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