Maternal Mental Health

Acupuncture for Postnatal Depression

As we approach the end of May, I just wanted to bring to light that May is Maternal Mental Health Month.

During the COVID pandemic, much light has been shined on mental health and the importance of being able to talk to others when we are not quite feeling ourselves. I decided to write this short post focusing on postnatal depression. I wanted to highlight the importance of not being afraid to have feelings of depression after having a baby and how acupuncture can help.

Trying for a baby, being pregnant and having a baby is a journey of lots of ups and downs. It is a time in our life when we are naturally going to feel quite emotional. It is normal to feel overwhelmed, tired and stressed. However, if you are experiencing emotions too strongly, especially sadness, and if those feelings are starting to affect you, your baby, and your family on a daily basis, it is extremely important that you share this with a friend or family member, doctor or midwife.

Postnatal depression is a type of depression that parents may experience after having a baby. It is also more common than you may think, affecting 1 in every 10 women within one year of giving birth. It can also affect the partner.

Symptoms of postnatal depression can be feelings of depression, feeling sad, finding it hard to cope, and fatigue. And sometimes, there can be the development of an eating disorder. Symptoms can become amplified from comparing yourself with other new mothers, not feeling good enough and having feelings of guilt.

Acupuncture can be extremely beneficial in addressing symptoms of postpartum depression. Acupuncture treatment is based on rebalancing the patient after the birth of their child. During the consultation, we would ask questions about the pregnancy, the birth and any previous pregnancies. In treatment, we are also treating you as an individual, as everyone’s symptoms are different. We aim to rebalance hormones and nurture and rebuild the patient’s strength at a physical and emotional level.

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