Postpartum bluesDear Aunty Tina, I had a baby 6 weeks ago but don’t feel the Mama Bliss I read so much about. Instead I feel totally overwhelmed and crappy. Is this the postpartum blues?

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common phenomenon that I feel is rarely addressed. The most extreme case of this psychosis is when you can imagine yourself harming yourself or your baby. If you find you don’t want to go out for weeks, are weepy, feel depressed, overwhelmed, not looking after yourself (showering, getting dressed), quick tempered, at your wits end, or replying, “No f**cking way!”, when anybody even suggests you may have postpartum depression, then you may be experiencing PPD, a common hormonal imbalance that can occur after giving birth.

Do not try and self medicate with herbs. Go directly to seek professional help and ask for a hormonal readout. It is nothing to feel ashamed about. The doctor will most likely prescribe progesterone cream or an internal progesterone medicine and extra B12 to help balance your nervous system. It can be remedied once identified. A good book that may help you and your partner/family is, “This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming postpartum depression” by Karen R. Kleiman and Valerie D. Raskin. You need to know you are not alone.

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Tina Garzero CPM, LMT. practiced midwifery for 40 years and lived on Maui for over 35 Years. She was the mother to 9 children and lived in Haiku. She is the heart of the Mauimama and will be sorely missed. (Tina Garzero 1951-2015). We love you Tina. This website is dedicated to Tina's life and service on Maui.