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Postpartum Depression

New-Mom Milestones

I confess, pregnancy offered me scant preparation for motherhood. A strange blend of contemplative retreat meets extended shopping spree, my pregnancy was, for the most part, all about me. After my son, Jordan, arrived, my days suddenly narrowed to a series of repetitive actions that were all about him: nurse, burp, diaper, sleep, repeat.

Something Fishy?

Omega-3 fish oils, particularly DHA, are touted as an important nutrient for pregnant women because of their role in fetal brain and eye development and in helping to prevent postpartum depression (PPD) in new mothers. Yet a recent randomized controlled trial—considered the “gold standard” of medical research—found that the children of women who took fish oil supplements during pregnancy had no better cognitive or language skills at 18 months than the children of women who took a vegetable oil placebo.

Mommy Brain Bonus

Although new mothers may say they feel little but exhaustion and forgetfulness, their brains are actually growing in response to their new role, Yale researchers have found. A new mother's novel experiences can alter the anatomy of her brain, explains study author Pilyoung Kim, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist. "The brain is primed by hormonal changes during pregnancy and sensitized to changes in the environment—namely, the arrival of the baby."

Get Ready for Motherhood

When our first child was a few weeks old, my husband and I were struggling to get dinner on the table. Exhausted and overwhelmed, he looked at me and said, “How do parents get anything done?” How indeed, I wondered for weeks, struggling at home without help. I felt tired, lonely and a tad frustrated with my husband. Turns out these feelings are all too common. They can be dangerous, too.

Heeeeeere's... Lena!

For the first time writing this blog, I'm at a loss for words.

Writing about myself--every slight neurotic twitch, every consideration and reconsideration of the past nine months--has been pretty easy for me. It's perhaps unfortunate for my nearest and dearest, but self-analysis is my second nature. (Is there such a thing as "first nature"? If so, that'd be more accurate.)

Mother Knows Best

There is no ‘correct’ age to wean your baby. Like diapers and pacifiers, breastfeeding is something that children outgrow at different ages.

If you’re breastfeeding, chances are you’re enjoying the closeness you share with your baby and the confidence that comes from knowing you’re giving him a healthy start in life. As your baby grows, however, you may find yourself being asked,

moody blues

Everything seemed normal during Sherryl Hartman’s pregnancy and labor five years ago. Her son was born healthy, and she had plenty of support from family and friends in her town of Elkridge, Md. A few days after delivery, however, the then-26-year-old Hartman began to feel depressed. “I just started bawling like a baby,” she says. Late-night panic attacks soon followed: Hartman’s heart would race and she would feel anxious and overwhelmingly emotional. It was difficult to control her strong urge to leave the house—and her newborn.

Mood Swings


It's normal to experience a roller coaster of emotions after childbirth, says Steven Dubovsky, M.D., professor and chairman of the psychiatry department at State University of New York in Buffalo. Not only are your hormones still running high, but your entire life has changed. You have a new identity and more responsibilities. You might be overcome by the magic of childbirth yet regret that it did not go as planned (especially if you had a Cesarean section). You might feel insecure about being a parent.

Predicting The "Baby Blues"

Measuring the levels of a hormone in the placenta during pregnancy might predict whether a woman is likely to develop postpartum depression, Reuters reports.