Less Labor Discomfort, Lower Postpartum Depression Risk


Postpartum Depression Treatments: Self-care

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Is postpartum depression linked to a mother’s physical pain?

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Healthwatch: Postpartum Depression Linked To Mother’s Pain After Childbirth

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Risk Factors of Postpartum Depression

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Reduced Labor Pain May Reduce Chances Of Postpartum Depression

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Painful labor linked to postpartum depression

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“Reducing pain during labor is associated with a reduced risk for postpartum depression,” said study leader Dr. Grace Lim, director of obstetric anesthesiology at Magee-Women’s Hospital of. “Reducing pain during labor is associated with a reduced risk for postpartum depression,” said study leader Dr. Grace Lim, director of obstetric anesthesiology at Magee-Women’s Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Postpartum depression is a common condition, affecting one in eight women after having a baby.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) Women who obtain good pain relief during labor may have to worry less about postpartum depression later, new research suggests. “Reducing pain during labor is associated with a reduced risk for postpartum depression,” said study leader Dr. Grace Lim, director of obstetric anesthesiology at Magee-Women’s Hospital of University of.

The women answered questions about their pain and reported depression symptoms six weeks after childbirth. The researchers found a link between the pain relief and the depression risk. Those with more pain relief during labor had lower scores on a scale that measured depression. WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) Women who obtain good pain relief during labor may have to worry less about postpartum depression later, new research suggests. “Reducing pain during labor is associated with a reduced risk for postpartum depression,” said study leader Dr.

Grace Lim, director of obstetric anesthesiology at Magee. “Reducing pain during labor is associated with a reduced risk for postpartum depression,” said study leader Dr. Grace Lim, director of obstetric anesthesiology at Magee-Women’s Hospital of. “Although we found an association between women who experience less pain during labor and lower risk for postpartum depression, we do not know if effective pain control with epidural analgesia.

“Although we found an association between women who experience less pain during labor and lower risk for postpartum depression, we do not know if effective pain control with epidural analgesia will assure avoidance of the condition,” said Dr. Lim. “Postpartum depression can develop from a number of things including hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, social support, and a history of psychiatric disorders.”. A few studies on this topic suggest that labor analgesia interventions may be associated with reduced postpartum depression risk. 4–6 Ding et al. found that labor epidural analgesia was associated with a reduced risk for postpartum depression compared to no epidural analgesia (odds ratio 0.31, 95% confidence interval 0.12–0.82). 5 However, while labor pain scores were lower.

A preliminary study suggests that lower levels of labor pain reduce the likelihood of postpartum depression, a condition affecting mothers who have recently given birth, according to a statement from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The study findings were presented at the society’s annual meeting.

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Epidural labor analgesia is associated with a decreased risk of postpartum depression: a prospective cohort study.

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But Gomberg (1974) notes that whereas a women may lose a few months work postpartum for giving birth to a total of two children, because men are at a greater risk for alcoholism and coronary infarction, they may lose up to ten years of productivity.

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Overall, significantly more women in the magnesium group ceased therapy because of side effects (RR 3.26; 95% CI 2.46–4.31), whereas there was significantly more maternal hypotension and tachycardia but no significant differences in maternal respiratory depression, postpartum hemorrhage, or cesarean births.

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Some outcome studies have shown that childbirth classes result in decreased pain and anxiety (Dickason, Schult, & Silverman, 1990; Goldberg, Cohen, & Lieberman, 1999), shorter labor, decreased use of forceps, improved infant outcome, and an overall positive experience (Riedmann, 1996).

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SAGE Publications, 2008

A 2009 Norwegian study demonstrated that breech presentation and breech delivery are significant risk factors for cerebral palsy and a trend toward increasing risk for cerebral palsy among singletons born at term in breech by vaginal delivery (nearly fourfold).

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An estimated 40 to 70 percent of new mothers have postpartum depression caused by radical changes in hormonal levels, which can last up to three months; 30 percent have long-lasting and severe postpartum depression (Behavioral Health Treatment 1997).

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Mothers at increased risk for depression are socioeconomically disadvantaged, have preterm infants, and are adolescents.

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The loss of sleep, the want of nourishment, the anxiety of protracted labor, and above all the nervous depression produced by pain; all of these tend to exhaust the patient and prepare the way for uterine inertia [the slowing and stopping of labor].

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However, there is also evidence of increased maternal depression symptoms and impacts on child well-being (e.g., less breastfeeding, lower reading to child rates; Herbst, 2017).

“Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan” by Matthew R. Sanders, Alina Morawska
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by Matthew R. Sanders, Alina Morawska
Springer International Publishing, 2018

Mothers with higher cumulative risks showed less decline in depressive symptoms in the months following the child’s birth, with the maternal sociodemographic risks contributing more to the persistence of depressive symptoms than infant medical risk (Poehlmann et al., 2009).

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  • I had my son 10 weeks ago and I definitely went through some of this. It did go away after about 3 weeks but man….it was rough. I cried all the time and for no reason at all. I would tell my husband that I needed to take a shower and I would go stand in our bedroom and just bawl my eyes out. My husband took me out to eat, just he and I like a week after our son was born and I think I cried through like 95% of dinner. And any time I thought about getting out of the house, I would nearly have a panic attack. Like even just going for a walk was so nerve wracking. But I was very lucky mine went away after about 3-4 weeks. My husband and my parents were lifesavers though. I could call my mom and just cry on the phone and she was there for me. It’s definitely a huge change going from being pregnant to having this little human that depends on you from everything.

  • Sarah you are GIFTED. Through your videos you guided me through my pregnancy and now PP! You are incredible so appreciate this video ❤️

  • “A little bit” tearful ������ I was bawling for about 2 weeks straight, but all of a sudden I woke up and I was like, “hm. Okay. I’m done crying now.” Lol

  • Listening to the 2 & comparing them, I think I do believe I’m still having baby blues rather than depression at 2+ months ��….*listens further & hear the closet story*…. ok let me rethink this & listen to the rest��….I still don’t think I’m going through postpartum depression ��������‍♀️

  • Hope this comment gets seen. Some of the links are not working, I think they might need to be updated. It would be a tremendous help if they were, 32 weeks pregnant with my second & terrified I might get postpartum depression again.

  • I had PPD and anxiety the first time around. I have a history of anxiety and depression pre-pregnancy, and I also had a hard time with my daughter’s inability to breastfeed or eat at all for that matter. Now, almost 4 years later I’m expecting baby #2, and trying my best to know the signs and symptoms before it gets too bad.

  • Hey Sarah! Will you please make a video addressing PPD for MEN? ie: husband’s/partners? A friend of mine’s husband is really struggling with everything involving baby since she was born and it got me thinking about how this is such a rare topic in PPD discussions. I think this is a topic that is too often overlooked and could be super helpful for a lot of families out there!

  • Thank you so much for normalizing these experiences, validating emotions in the postpartum period, and reminding mothers that there is no shame to seeking help. I am at 39 weeks (first time mom), and I also happen to be in a master’s program for counseling psychology. I am lucky to have some insider knowledge on disorders but that doesn’t make me immune to a lot of the fears and anxieties that come with such a major life change. Having a support network of people you can trust is so important, and I cannot stress that enough to anyone who might be struggling. Ladies, you can do this, even if you’re scared please know that there is help available, be in touch with how you’re feeling, be honest about your feelings, and never be ashamed to ask for help.

  • I’m so happy you made this video! I wasn’t sure if I had depression or not. I definitely had baby blues! Thankfully I was able to work on it before it got into the postpartum depression stage.
    I definitely made sure to get out of the house and tried to do some of the same things I use to do with baby. I think it really helped me come out of the baby blues.

    Love your videos!
    My son is 2 months now and your videos have helped me so much!❤

  • Thank you for posting a video about this very important topic. I lost my sister last October 2019 to post partum depression & anxiety when she took her life after my nephew was about 4.5 months old.
    I am 27 weeks pregnant now myself.

  • I had my baby 4 months ago and the first week was really, really hard. I feel like I had PPD, my symptoms were very severe. I couldn’t eat or sleep, I cried almost all day every day, I felt like something was wrong with me BUT it got significantly better after a week. I have no history of any anxiety or depression. I think most of this was struggling with breastfeeding (baby wasn’t gaining weight). One thing I learned is be flexible and understand that nothing goes according to plan and that’s ok!

  • That first difference between “I have postpartum” and “I have postpartum depression” is exactly like when my patients say “I have TMJ”….well yeah sure so does everyone, you mean you have TMJD or TMJ issues lol

  • I’ve been watching you since I was pregnant. My LO is almost 3 months (born 8/1/19) and I feel like im just starting to feel like myself again. I was overwhelmed, tired, crying and feeling like I needed help (SO works) I’m glad I’m returning to my normal self

  • I definitely have postpartum depression and I have been struggling so hard with it. My husband wants me to go ahead and start seeing his old counselor. Hopefully that will help me to finally start working things out in my mind and start getting better.
    On a happier note, your ending bloopers make me laugh so hard. I needed that. ❤��

  • this channel has helped me so much and with moving on from baby bumps and beyond. i am feeling more confident about conversations with the hubby. i know how to express stress feelings and how to express how i am feeling in general about trying. all i have to do is link a vid about how i feel and he is all ohh ok, cool ill bug you later.

  • All things I’ve thought of…awesome video! I’m due end of Dec and have been already having some anxiety about those first 6wks. I’m coming from a farm life style where I’m used to taking care of our horses and am still actively riding and doing barn chores. Those first 6wks, there’s no way I can keep it easy and not do “anything” at the barn. For me, the horses and barn life are my zen sources. It’ll be an interesting transition

  • Two months before i gave birth i use to have nightmares about killing my baby, and Horrible stuff, after i had my baby i never left for 3 months incase he stopped breathing in his sleep☹️ i also hated anyone holding him or going near him, although hes 4 now and im doing better,

  • I’m so grateful for your content! I’m almost 36 weeksand I’ve just recently gotten afraid of postpartum depression. I’ve had trouble sleeping for weeks because of heartburn, pubic bone pain, and he’s on my bladder. Usually I can only get 2-3 hours at a time, and it makes me a little grumpy and antisocial. Thank you for making such educational contentit really helps to know that I can try to recognize these symptoms if they were to crop up.

  • I’m going thru depression ��
    I gave birth on August 8th and at first I had the baby blues but now.. it’s getting worse.. I even try to suicide.. but since I have 3 kids in total.. my oldest kind of was feeling that something was wrong with me.. and he was telling me he loves me and stuff like that.. it went away for a little but I still feel depressed.. I don’t want to look for help cuz I used to go with a specialist and he treated me like a liar and used to tell me many things that made me feel uncomfortable.. so I stopped going. I want to get thru this but it’s hard doing it by myself ��

  • 13 weeks now. So happy about it, so excited and scared at the same time… I watch so many videos to educate myself before the baby comes into my life. Thank you Sarah!

  • What if COVID doesn’t allow some of those self-care suggestions? I’m 5 wks pp, but I don’t feel my symptoms have deepened. In fact, I KNOW a walk around the neighborhood and/or seeing my family would help significantly, but COVID ��

  • I just love the way you talk about all of these hard, sometimes scary topics. You give great information without making me feel worried. Looove it!!

  • I appreciate your videos so so so much! And they couldn’t have come at a better time. I gave birth 8 days ago and definitely realize I have had the baby blues. This video was so helpful!!

  • Had my baby boy 8 days ago and baby blues are no joke I’m having bad anxiety everytime the sun starts going down I find myself bawling my eyes out. I feel really disconnected from the world and don’t know where I fit anymore, i love my boy but for my first baby it wasn’t the easiest birth, I had to get 2 doses of Cervidil and had to get it taken out because the pain was coming too quickly for my body to react properly eventually got my waters broken and thank God I got an epidural because bubbas heart rate started dropping when i was pushing and they needed to try the vacuum that didn’t work so they had to cut me and then use forceps finally got bub out but I ended up with a third degree tare and held bubba for a little bit but I lost too much blood so I had to go to theater for over 3 hours so I wasn’t there to watch him get weighed or measured I couldn’t feed him lucky I had some expressed milk, I use to watch 1000 videos about pregnancy and births and now as soon as something comes on about birth I can’t watch it without an anxiety attack. I hope I get over these baby blues soon I just want to enjoy this time ��

  • Perfect timing! It’s been a 5 weeks with my new baby. And I find myself crying almost every day. I thought I would get through it but it’s so complicated ��

  • I wish I had seen this 6 months ago. Finally digging myself out of postpartum rage and anxiety. Still, it’s hard to recognize in yourself even if you do know the symptoms.

  • maybe a paternal and partner centered vid could help those who need it, before during and def after series on things to watch out for anything we need to discuss in a healthy manner

  • I was diagnosed with post partum depression about 6 months after my son was born. I didn’t start feeling that way til i returned to work. I spent every nursing break crying in the nursing room while pumping. I couldn’t sleep and I felt like a terrible mother. my energy was gone. The only thing that kept me going was that I knew my son was at least getting my immune system and nutrients out of my milk. It took a coworker who watched me have a crying episode to tell me that I needed to see a Doctor. It had never even crossed my mind that I may have had it. I’m glad she mentioned it. After starting medication it got better.

  • I worked in daycare, I had one mom have realy bad postpartumdepression with her second baby. She had it with her first too, but with the second she was hospitalised and put on realy strong drugs. One day avter work I saw her walking around in the rain eating ice cream, she was totaly out of it all the time… it was so hard on this lovely family I hooe they are ok…

  • HEYY! my name is Emily. and i have been binge watching your videos and love watching all of them! i dont know if and when you will see this but im 29 weeks pregnant and i think i might be depressed or something! have you ever felt that your partner is not excited about your pregnancy? like when you tell them oh baby is kicking or just update them on things they just say oh or yeah? i want so badly to be happy and excited but when i say something that im excited about an them not be excited it just tears me down…. sorry for ranting i just dont know anymore? thank you for your time! any mama can comment i dont know if you have a partner but this is just how i feel… please help i was prescribed Zoloft but i dont like taking medicine at all!

  • Hi Sarah! I was wondering if you had any tips on getting past a traumatic birth memory. I had my baby in October of 2019, and I ended up having a really hard/ traumatic time directly after birth. My cord was too short, so we didn’t get skin to skin, my baby aspirated amniotic fluid while I was pushing, and the thing I think that bothered me the most was that my midwife (as I was trying to deliver a placenta that was very stuck) told me that I was being dramatic and delivering a placenta shouldn’t be that hard. AFTER I PUSHED OUT AN 8 POUND BABY 2 MINUTES PRIOR. shortly after, I had to have a procedure done to remove my placenta and take care of my excess bleeding. I didn’t even get to meet my daughter until the next morning. It has literally taken me 4 months to bond with my baby, and I can’t even think about labor or delivery without instantly becoming panicked. Thank you!

  • I sooo wish this had been up when I had my baby. My baby blues was HORRIBLE and I didn’t know what was going on. They said “you may feel a little sad” understatement of the year. I felt miserable and I didn’t know about baby blues.

  • I had my baby 4 months ago and two weeks after baby’s birth, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression. I wanted to just run away, I needed to be alone, to take a break, to sleep, and I felt like the only way to do that was committing suicide. I did run away one day, while my husband was taking care of the baby. I couldn’t be myself, I had to sleep at my parents house with my baby go keep myself and baby safe for the first two months since my husband works night shifts. I don’t believe in counseling though my doctor really wanted me to try it, gave it a try and it didn’t work. Been taking medication and sometimes it’s better but still not 100%.

  • I have postpartum anxiety and I just had my baby. Been through it all my pregnancy’s it’s hard you can’t stop it it just happens. Thank god my family has always been there for me and helps me with my children.the body changing the stress no sleep

  • I had ppd after the birth of my second baby at 32w. It didn’t help that she was extremely colicky and fussy. She never slept for more than 40 consecutive minutes the first 2 months she was home. The intrusive thoughts and resentment were the scariest and worst part. I’m 38w with #3 and I THINK the fact I’m fullterm will help. I just hope we’re not physically separated bc that’s what impacted the bonding with my daughter. My first was almost 40w and stayed in hospital for a week but I got to stay with him. It was the most amazing week of my life bc we had our own room and it was just him + I. It was great as a first time mom to have that extra time in hospital to learn how to care for a newborn. The months after his birth were the happiest of my life but 16 months later when my second came it was the start of a 5 month nightmare. Fortunately my 2.5yo daughter and I have a WONDERFUL relationship now. A lot of my PPD was circumstantial. I was isolated. I feel the same way now tbh especially since I’ll be spending 95% of our weeklong hospital stay after delivery alone (my husband has to care for our older kids and my hospital isn’t allowing other visitors). I’m worried about PPD ruining my last newborn experience. Hopefully this is my redemption pp.

  • I had baby blues I was so scared it was going to turn into depression but it went away after about 2weeks postpartum.  I was very blessed to have a husband that understood what it was and why I was going through it almost more than I did so he was so helpful during my emotional breakdowns!  Hang in there mamas you are not alone!! <3

  • I had postpartum depression with my first, and didn’t recognize that I even had it because being a ftm you don’t know what feels normal and was doesn’t. Then later when I talked about it with my doctor, 2 years later, she told me what it was. I’m newly on medication for an anxiety disorder and depression and am pregnant with my second BUT am still soooooo worried about getting postpartum depression again. I realize what I went through was actually scary and I don’t know how no one caught it, but I’m glad we got through it.

  • I have a history of cyclical and hormonal depression. I have never felt the need for medication. Mostly support and talking. I fear and have accepted that this is something that will most likely occur to me when that time comes.

  • So thankful you made this video. I got super depressed during my first 5 months of pregnancy and I’ve been sooo worried that I’ll have postpartum depression after I have her.

  • I have both postpartum depression and anxiety. I was already dealing with those problems before pregnancy so I was told I would most likely to have it afterwards. I start therapy for it this week.

  • I started theraphie now cuz I had a misscariage in the 7week. I was realy surprised that my theraphist saied you can also have postpartemdipression avter misscariage, even if it happens early…

  • I was so afraid of postpartum depression, I have all the risk factors, we moved 15weeks before I gave birth, we have no friends or family here, I have a history of depression and mental health issues, my birth went completely not how I planned, I’m home alone with the baby all day every day, money is really tight with me not working. And then it just didn’t happen. So thankful

  • Oh my gosh, I am crying and texting with my husband and ur video popped up!!! Am two weeks postpartum and I always been happy till today! My husband was not supportive today, he had been so great but today when I needed him the most he fought with me! I hope this goes away pray for me ����