Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Shedding Light on Mommy Blues- LIght therapy and postpartum depression

So, we've sprung ahead, recently it was Day Light Saving Time. But what do new moms do when the time change and additional light in our days just does not cut through their new baby blues? Postpartum depression is a common mood disorder and is found in at least 10-15% of all new moms.

Symptoms of Pregnancy Depression & Postpartum Depression:
Fatigue
Irritability
Anxiety
Social Withdrawl
Guilt
Increased appetite
Carb cravings

For many mothers, especially those breastfeeding their babies, they choose not to take antidepressant drugs. There are other postpartum treatment options and the most beneficial- apart from diet- is light therapy. There have been numerous studies that have utilized Bright Light, Full Spectrum light therapy (10,000 lux).

It is very natural for new moms to experience spikes of hormones that may cause a slight, moderate or even a severe case of depression. Luckily, light therapy may represent a viable, nonpharmacologic treatment for postpartum depression, especially for women who choose to breast-feed their babies.

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Have a question about dealing with pregnancy depression or postpartum depression?

Are you looking to battle this and want to consider natural light therapy?

We understand how you feel!

For a free health consultation feel free to email (wellness@healthybeingproducts.com) or call
Melissa Gallagher at 727-954-8968.

Visit our On-Line Store to save over 65% and get free shipping on Verilux Full Spectrum Light Therapy Boxes as well as mood boosting Vitamins and Supplements at the Healthy Being Products Store


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