Friday, January 8, 2010

Let's get technical- Postpartum Blues, Depression, Psychosis, or PTS

On the Fruit of the Womb Website and Blog we often refer to terms that may need a bit more clarity. Below, we have attached a few of many resources to help explain the complicated topic of Postpartum Illnesses.

Baby blues aka Postpartum Blues or Maternity Blues- Latest statistics show that 80% of mothers will experience Postpartum Blues. According to An Introduction to Postpartum Illness
by Laurence Kruckman and Susan Smith (see below for the reference link). These symptoms include but are not limited to:

Physical Symptoms:
Lack of Sleep
No Energy
Food Cravings or Loss of Appetite
Feeling Tired Even after Sleeping

Mental States:
Anxiety and Excessive Worry
Great Concern over Physical Changes
Confusion and Nervousness
Feeling, “I’m not myself; this isn’t me”
Lack of Confidence
Feeling Overwhelmed

Behavioral Reactions:
Crying more than Usual
Hyperactivity or Excitability
Feelings Hurt Easily
Lack of Feeling for the Baby

Click here to see Wikipedia's simple definition

PostPartum Depression (PPD)- Is a more severe form of "Baby Blues" with prevalence rates among women 5-25%. There are many resources for moms experiencing Postpartum Depression. However, it still is "unclear" as to what causes PPD.

{This is an awarness poster being given out by the Postpartum Support International}

Postpartum Psychosis- Is the most serious of the three Postpartum Illnesses. Postpartum Psychosis is a relatively rare disorder occurring on an average of 1 per 1000 births.

Most recently, there has been discussion of adding a 4th Postpartum Illness titled Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTS). More information on this overlooked aspect can be read about in the Center for Women's Mental Health article here.
Click here to read An Introduction to Postpartum Illness in which the author discusses the differences between Baby Blues, PPD and Postpartum Psychosis.

At Fruit of the Womb we encourage all women to take preventative measures for their personal health. With these illnesses being as common as they are, every woman is potentially at risk. Placenta Encapsulation is 100% natural made perfectly for you and baby, by your own body. We encourage women to research what is right for them and to explore the many benefits of placentophagy.

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