Due to the massive hormonal shifts that women experience through pregnancy and most go into pregnancies with hormonal imbalance, it is very common.
But using a drug to mask the symptoms may not be the most effective course of action; especially at $30K! Yikes!!! (See article)
I experienced depression while in college after my grandmother passed away. But over the years I’ve learned that there are multiple factors involved here.
1️⃣ Gut imbalance – since the majority of your neurotransmitters are manufactured in the gut, we obviously need to look there. Gut inflammation due to poor diet is the primary cause for gut disturbances. (Get my Total Gut Restore Course to balance out your GUT)
2️⃣ Not enough sun – this one is pretty obvious. When I was in Oregon it rained a lot, plus I was cooped up in the classroom all day long. This may be the same issue for most moms postpartum. You’re tired, staying indoors with baby during the day when the sun is out.
3️⃣ Hormones – this is captain obvious, but most women don’t get their hormones balanced before pregnancy. I always council my patients to get things all balanced out before pregnancy. The main culprit is STRESS. If you’re under chronic stress your body could care less about these three things: DIGESTION, MAKING A BABY and FIGHTING OFF A COLD. It reallocates the resources for those three and redirects it to your BRAINS and MUSCLES. So you get muscle tension and your brain is going 300mph. These are the patients that tell me “doc, I can’t sleep, but I’m so tired” So it starts by shutting off that stress response (the fight or flight reaction) through meditation and minerals such as potassium and magnesium. Then you can look at things like Progesterone/Estrogen ratios.
4️⃣ Get more protein – your body needs the amino acid precursor of SEROTONIN (the feel good hormone) ➡️ L-Tryptophan. But remember that to digest and assimilate protein, you need a well working GUT. Stomach needs to be acidic enough to breakdown the protein, small intestine needs to have the right amount of bicarbonate to allow the proteolytic enzymes to fully break down the protein into amino acids. Best sources would be eggs, fish, grass fed beef, and if needed…whey protein.
5️⃣ Movement – gentle exercise will help to increase endorphin production. But be careful not to overdo this!
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