sunlight is a huuge help
In the case of PPD it might be best to try the meds, PPD should not be taken lightly. Also natural sunlight, fresh air, walking, exercising, writing, almost anything can be used to help with depression.
Depends on how bad it is...
Do you have anxiety too or just saddness?
Have you have serious thoughts of hurting yourself or the baby?
Do you have a supportive SO, BF, DH?
Do you have family and or friend support?
Is this your first and if not did you have PPD before?
I have heard that DHA Omega 3 helps as well. I buy mine at the co op.
Quoting 3kidz123:Depends on how bad it is...Do you have anxiety too or just saddness?Have you have serious thoughts of hurting yourself or the baby?Do you have a supportive SO, BF, DH?Do you have family and or friend support?Is this your first and if not did you have PPD before?
I had pretty awful PPD with my first and depression during my second pregnancy. My OB wanted to put me right on Zoloft or Prozac without offering any other solutions (and I'm only mentioned that I was feeling a little "sad"). I switched to a midwife after that. She suggested Omega 3 vitamins with DHA and sunlight. Talk therapy, aroma therapy, yoga, meditation all are wonderful things to try before you jump right to the meds. Get out a little, go swimming, treat yourself to a treat... write your thoughts down in a journal. All of those things helped me immensely and I haven't struggled with it since.
Personally I'm really against the anti-depressants. I was put on Zoloft as a teen (horrible HORRIBLE decision my parents made and it made everything worse!) I don't think it's a "one size fits all" drug and honestly I think they can do more prolonged damage than good; creating dependencies and altering your body's natural endorphin receptors. Sure, depression can be due to chemical imbalances not just situational obstacles, but I feel very strongly that drugs can still be avoided completely and depression can be addressed with alternative solutions.
oh un I am sorry. I feel ya. I was so down with mu first..this time I am eating my placenta becasue of it. I hope you find what works for you.
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