Post Partum Depression: How to Beat the Baby Blues With Omega-3 Supplements

Oct 2, 2022 Uncategorized

Even the greatest altruistic bond has its limits. Though medical science has taken great strides towards eliminating maternal mortality, the battle is far from over. To this day, countless mothers are still reeling over the physiological effects of pregnancy, in the form of post-partum depression. Frequently misconstrued as an extended mood swing from the hormonal changes during pregnancy, this disorder can linger on for years, in a surreptitious yet devastating manner.

Contrary to popular misconception, the true underlying cause of post-partum depression has got very little to do with psychological factors such as mental exhaustion. The oft-cited “scientific explanations”, i.e. vitamin deficiency or hormonal changes during gestation, don’t hold up under scrutiny either. The blunt fact is conventional medicine hasn’t had enough time and resources to really look into the phenomenon, for one starkly pragmatic reason: for much of the 20th century it was too busy combating infant and maternal mortality to really look after the women after they’ve left the ward.

Happily, there are now shards of evidence from disparate disciplines that might just hold the clue to this depressing enigma. On one hand, quite a few independent studies have established a firm association between low levels of essential fatty acids in the brain and symptoms of anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. On the other, nutritionists (and the European Union to boot) have long championed a DHA dietary supplement for all pregnant women. The acronym stands for one of three forms of omega-3 fatty acid, and is particularly indispensable to humans’ during neurological development.

Of course, there is still a lot of room for debate with regards to the actual role of DHA in our brain activity: the difference between symptom and cause is seldom as clear-cut as we would like it to be, just as inflammation might simultaneously be a symptom of some underlying malady, as well as causing other ailments in its own right.

For now, we can only demonstrate DHA depletion in mothers afflicted with PPD. Symptoms vary widely, to such an extent that its clinical diagnostic criteria in the DSM has been called in to question. Common physiological complaints include fatigue, sleep deprivation (as every mother can attest), and appetite changes. From an emotional perspective, symptoms include chronic sadness, interminable crying, anxiety attacks, and irritability.

While every mother would recognise quite a handful of these syndromes, it would be utterly reckless to dismiss PPD on this sole basis. Precisely because pregnancy is such a private and intimate experience, many mothers hold their deathly peace even as they are overwhelmed by the experience.

The safest course of action for an expecting or breast-feeding mother is quite

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