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When to Seek Treatment for Postpartum Depression

Jun 02, 2023
After having a baby, you’re bound to experience a large range of emotions. However, how do you know when it’s the “baby blues” or if it’s something more serious like postpartum depression? We explore when it’s time to seek treatment here.

Having a baby can stir up a lot of emotions, especially positive ones like joy and excitement. However, it can also bring up some fear and anxiety, and maybe even depression. It’s normal for moms to experience the “baby blues” for somewhere between two days to two weeks after delivery. Postpartum depression, on the other hand, is much more severe and long-lasting. 

Postpartum depression shouldn’t be considered a weakness; it’s simply a complication of giving birth, and up to 1 in 7 women will experience it. 

If you believe you might be struggling with postpartum depressionKatherine Go, CRNA, and the rest of our team at Rejuvenate IV Therapy located in Spring, Texas, want you to have more information on this condition and know when to seek professional help. 

Understanding postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is a form of depression that occurs after you give birth, and it involves a mix of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes. Postpartum depression typically happens due to all the hormonal, physical, emotional, financial, and social changes that you undergo when you have a baby.

Most parents are going to feel overwhelmed and exhausted after they bring home a new baby. It’s normal and to be expected. However, postpartum depression is much more severe and intense.

Postpartum depression is marked by the following symptoms:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in appetite
  • Severe fatigue
  • Low libido
  • Lack of interest in your baby
  • Severe anxiety

You could also potentially experience feelings of wanting to harm yourself or your baby.

When you should seek treatment

If you simply have the “baby blues,” they should go away on their own about two weeks after you have your baby. However, if it’s been four weeks after you’ve given birth and your symptoms have only worsened, it might be time to seek treatment.

Fortunately, the Rejuvenate IV Therapy team has a way to offer you relief from your postpartum depression symptoms, and that’s with ketamine infusions

In the past, ketamine has been used as an anesthetic. However, more recently, it’s been used to treat mental health conditions that are resistant to other kinds of treatment — including postpartum depression.

Ketamine works by increasing the levels of the neurotransmitter known as glutamate. This helps to not only improve your mood, but also to create new neural pathways in your brain.

To schedule an appointment for ketamine infusions with us, you can give our friendly staff a call at 936-220-3693, or use our online booking tool today.