Ways to Reduce the Risk of Postpartum Depression While Still Pregnant

Ways to Reduce the Risk of Postpartum Depression While Still Pregnant

postpartum May 23, 2024

Postpartum depression is a serious condition that affects many new mothers, but there are steps you can take during pregnancy to support your mental health in the postpartum period. Here are some strategies to consider:

Prioritize Self-Care

Pregnancy can be physically and emotionally taxing, so it's essential to prioritize self-care activities that help you manage stress and promote relaxation. Engage in stress-reducing activities like walking, prenatal yoga, meditation, or simply taking relaxing baths. These practices can help you develop coping mechanisms that you can carry into the postpartum period.

Maintain a Balanced Diet

Nutrition plays a crucial role in supporting mental well-being, so aim to maintain a balanced diet rich in nutrients essential for mental health. Nutrient deficiencies drastically increases the risk of developing PPD and mood swings. Focus on incorporating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and antioxidants, such as fatty fish, leafy greens, nuts, and berries. Keeping blood sugar balanced also helps regulate mood. 

Build a Strong Support System

Having a robust support system in place before your baby arrives can make a significant difference in your postpartum experience. Surround yourself with loved ones who can offer emotional and practical support, whether it's a partner, family member, friend, or a postpartum doula. Ask for help from a therapist if needed. 

Discuss Concerns with Your Healthcare Provider

If you have a history of mental health issues or are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression during pregnancy, don't hesitate to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider. They can provide guidance, and resources, and potentially recommend early intervention strategies to support your mental well-being.

Educate Yourself

Knowledge is power, and understanding the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression can help you recognize and address them early on. Attend prenatal classes, read reputable resources, and familiarize yourself with the support services available in your area.

While postpartum depression is a serious condition that may require professional treatment, taking proactive steps during pregnancy can help you better manage your mental health during the postpartum period. Medications, therapy, habit changes and changes with your diet and nutrition can all play a role in helping reduce the risk and treat PPD. 

You don't have to experience the postpartum period alone. If you want to feel your best mentally and physically after the baby, The Postpartum Shift is for you!

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Hey mama,

I'm Brooke Miller,

Before becoming a mom, I chronically dieted & thought "eat less, move more" was the healthiest option. I dealt with exhaustion, mood swings, hormone imbalances (not getting a regular cycle), high cholesterol and weight cycling. I felt like something was wrong with me.

Before I got pregnant with my first son, I discovered the balanced nutrition approach I teach inside The Postpartum Shift. Once I implemented the framework, I was energized, gained strength, got my period back, lowered my cholesterol & maintained my healthiest weight. I continued this during my pregnancies & postpartum periods and recovered quickly after birth, made more than enough milk for my babies, had energy (even with the sleep deprivation) & stable mood. Postpartum was really enjoyable.

With a decade of experience as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor, I created The Postpartum Shift to help moms boost energy, mood, metabolism & milk supply to have a stress-free & enjoyable postpartum experience.




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