Got the baby blues? Or, is it postpartum depression? Knowing the difference is important to maintaining health and getting proper diagnosis and treatment for new moms.
Women need supportive care and resources when coping with PPD, and sound medical advice to help reduce the risk of postpartum depression (PPD). According the the American Psychological Association, the incidence of PPD is 1 in 7 women. PPD risk is associated with many complex factors. Some researchers found a surprising risk factor that may contribute to PPD, the season of birth. Also, the same study sheds light on high body mass index (BMI) as a possible risk factor associated with PPD. Good nutrition, supportive professional care, and “mom time” are important for new moms who are diagnosed with PPD. Sound medical advice empowers women to seek help and obtain accurate information on the treatment of PPD. To learn more about the connection of season of birth and BMI in post-partum depression and other risk factors talk with a health care provider.
The importance of diagnosis and treatment is vital to a woman’s health and well-being, and care of the new baby. Postpartum Support International provides resources, education, events, and a forum for social and provider support. There are providers who offer unique medical models of health care and telemedicine.
[Nothing in this post is intended as medical advice. Always consult a medical doctor about medical conditions or suspected medical conditions. The links provided are for advocacy and educational purposes only.]