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Many feelings flood over you when you hear the words, "You're pregnant". If you've been there you know. Men, sorry, you're on the outside looking in to a large degree. You're participants, but let's be serious, the moms-to-be bear the brunt and joy of the experience...or is it all joyful?

 
Who knew it wasn't all joy and fulfilling all your expectations. During pregnancy and post-delivery more and more moms are dealing with mental issues -- many which are debilitating and dangerous. These can also affect the newborn and other family members in unhealthy ways. Some of the manifestations of something being wrong are the following. They may be single issues, or combinations of them.
 
  • Stress
  • Exhaustion
  • Eating disorders
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Postpartum depression
  • Postpartum anxiety
  • Postpartum psychosis
  • Bipolar disorder or mania
  • Postpartum PTSD 
Source: Postpartum Progress, ParentingPod.com
 
In a recent article on ParentingPod.com, Dr. Carla Brock shares some statistics about some of these 
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illnesses that show that as much as 35% of pregnancies and moms suffer from these issues:
  • Depression 10-15%
  • Anxiety13%
  • Eating Disorders 5-7%
  • Psychotic Disorders under 0.2%
According to Dr. Robert Sammons, Co-founder of TMS Solutions, which is a clinic specializing in the treatment of depression in its various forms and associated "companions", "Postpartum depression has been well characterized in the media, blogs, and on the internet. It is real, it is disruptive to the mother and baby and can become life-threatening."
 
As a public service, we would like to share some resources we've recently become aware of: The ParentingPod.com website. There is a checklist for New Moms put out by postpartumprogress.org, and the other a guide written by Dr. Brock. There are also many articles on
 
Learn More About Perinatel Disorders
 
If you or a loved one is struggling, the most important thing is that you get the help you need.  Do some research. See your doctor. Talk about it. Don't assume it will go away, if anything, it's safer to assume it will get worse. Take a look at the PostPartum.org check list below.
 
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Many expectant parents are concerned that if they have some form of illness, and speaking of depression here, that the only way to deal with it is with prescription medicines. Thus, they're as concerned about what might go into mom as into their unborn child. 
 
Dr. Sammons goes on to note, "The duration and intensity can be made worse by mothers who choose to not take antidepressants because small amounts of the antidepressant can be transmitted to the baby through the mother's milk As such, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can serve as an effective treatment for all postpartum depressions (Garcia et al, 2010),
TMS can be the treatment of choice for mothers who want to be medication-free while nursing, as TMS does not have systemic effects that could be harmful to the baby.  Additionally, there have not been any hormone issues reported from women receiving TMS. "
 
If you're struggling. please don't try to go it alone;  get help. Use all available resources. Talk to your doctor. If you would like to know if TMS Therapy can be part of your health and the health of your baby, reach out to TMS Solutions.

 

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Topics: Depression Awareness, Postpartum Depression