postpartum%20depression
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

Postpartum depression is the occurrence of a major depressive episode within 4 weeks following delivery or up to a year after childbirth.

It may peak at 2-4 weeks and 10-14 weeks after childbirth.

Symptoms are similar to that of major depression but with additional features distinctive of the postpartum period like feelings of being overwhelmed and inadequate as a parent.

Postpartum%20depression Patient Education

Patient Education

  • Counsel patient and her partner/family members regarding PPD, possible treatments and their risks and benefits, the risks and benefits of breastfeeding on or off medical therapy, the risks to the patient or the infant when discontinuing medication, and coping strategies, eg social support, giving time for self
  • Recommend adequate nutrition and sleep andregular exercise
    • Advise patient regarding balancing the benefits of breastfeeding with her need to sleep as the lack of sleep can worsen depressive symptoms
  • Relaxation techniques (eg yoga, tai chi, meditation, art therapy, etc) may help in managing anxiety and stress
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