Post Natal Depression and Fertility Treatment
The co relation between Infertility programs and Post Natal Depression
Research has shown that there is a direct co relation between Infertility Programs and Postnatal Depression (PND ) .
Often parents of children conceived after fighting infertility , feel unable to admit that they are struggling with parenthood for fear of judgment from others and self.
Research shows that parents who have used ART to conceive show a significantly higher rate of difficulties in early parenting and may need additional support before and after their babies are born ( Fisher, Hammarberg& Baker, 2005)
PANDA, the Post and Antenatal Depression Association INC says that , more than 15% of women and 10% of men develop postnatal depression. Many of these parents are not aware that PND can occur after delivery and try to ‘ snap out of it’ not knowing that they have little control over the way they are feeling.
PANDA also indicated that ‘infertility and use of IVG for conception’ contributes to and increases the number of parents developing PND. Often the long anticipated ‘bliss’ is overwhelming and creates a traumatic situation for parents.
Many other studies support a Melbourne based study (2005 by Fisher, Hammarberg and Baker ) that found that ‘ assisted conception ‘ appears to be associated with a high number of early parenting difficulties.
How you can help yourself
• Plan for time alone together and individually, with and without the baby to adjust to the changes and losses that having a baby can bring
• Continue relationships with friends and family
• Be aware that parenthood can change your relationship with your partner, it means a particular lifestyle needs to be adjusted.
• Natural Therapies can assist before and after your baby is born
o Hypnotherapy – release previous trauma, prepare body and mind for pregnancy and parenthood, prepare for harmonious birth, easing into parenthood, relax into your new lifestyle , adjust hormones
o Diet – healthy diet with high omega oils and zinc
o Herbal – St John’s Wort
o Aromatherapy – essential oils such as Bergamot ,Neroli or Ylan Ylang
Always check with your medical practitioner , This article is for your information only and not meant to replace medical advice.