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Postpartum Depression

Is Dad Stressed or Experiencing Paternal Postnatal Depression?

You’ve heard plenty of stories (among friends, on social media, or maybe even in celebrity tell-all books) of women experiencing postpartum depression. The postnatal depression you might not have heard about is PPND (paternal postnatal depression)—the one your partner may suffer from after your little bundle of joy arrives.

You've Got To Believe

When I had my son, I was overwhelmed, to say the least. The lack of sleep, the constant caring for a newborn, the willy-nilly. It all floored me. About a month after my son was born, a dear friend from high school came to visit.

Birthday Suit Bonus

Placing a near-naked baby on his mother's bare skin, a technique known as skin-to-skin contact, enhances bonding and may help prevent symptoms of depression after childbirth, Canadian researchers found.

A Bump in the Road

Blissful. Joyful. Glowing. These are words that typically describe moms-to-be. But what about the other possibilities: blue, anxious, pregorexic? Pregnant women’s struggles may slowly be coming out of the closet, but many moms-to-be still suffer in silence with emotional issues, and the majority are never diagnosed or treated. The result can be problematic for their babies as well as themselves.

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.)