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Alternative Treatments for PPMDs

Posted Jun 15 2009 5:27pm

It is estimated that around 50% of women suffering from postpartum depression do not come forward for help due to their fear of being put on medication. Either they themselves don’t want to endure the side effects of the medication, they don’t want their breastfeeding babies to experience the effects, or both. Although it’s now clear in the research that if a woman truly needs a medication during pregnancy or postpartum it’s best for all concerned if she takes it, the point is that increasingly women are trying to avoid psychiatric medications during the perinatal period. And, the good news is that using natural treatments is successful either as a complement or alternative to medication.

Among the most important natural treatments for perinatal mood disorders are nutrition, support (emotional and physical), exercise and sleep.

Read more of this article at the American Pregnancy Association website...

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