Postpartum depression, also referred to as postnatal depression, is a condition which affects some new mothers. Although it may be common for moms to feel overwhelmed with the responsibilities of a baby, these “baby blues” may affect other women to the point of experiencing depression.
This depression may manifest right after delivery, or may be delayed up to a year. Generally, women report it about three months after having their child.
If new moms feel depressed or encounter a heightened sense of anxiety, they need to speak with their doctors.
Researchers are continually gathering information and studies to learn more about postnatal depression.
One study conducted by the University of Montreal which was published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry showed a possible link between omega-3 levels and postpartum depression.
“This was an interesting study because it showed that serotonin levels, a hormone which makes us feel happy, can actually become deficient when pregnant,” said the spokesperson from Nutrilys Del Mar, a marine supplement company based in San Diego. “It also clarified when women are pregnant or breast feed, special lipids are passed on to the fetus and baby which drops her omega-3 levels.”
According to the book entitled, The Omega-3 Effect, authored by William Sears, MD and James Sears, MD, they describe omega-3 as a mood leveler because it offers nutrition for serotonin and dopamine hormones.
“These doctors believe when specific hormones are fed the right amounts of omega-3, it helps people feel more calm and content,” said the spokesperson, adding that it was highly recommended to consult with a physician before making any dietary changes.
For both pregnant women and new moms, some doctors are suggesting a few servings of salmon a week. And the crème de la crème of salmon is wild Alaskan sockeye salmon.
Other wild sources of omega-3 fish servings include:
- Pacific Sardines
- Oregon Pink Shrimp
- Pacific Coastline Dungeness Crab
- U.S. Atlantic Longfin Squid
- Alaskan Pacific Cod
If women are unable to consume this type of seafood on a regular basis than whole food supplements may be a great option to consider.
Buyers need to locate supplements which are natural, pure, unrefined, and a certified source of omega fatty acids.
“Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon oil supplements offer all omegas along with vitamins A and D3,” said the spokesperson. She continued, “This supplement is very popular with female clientele because this species of wild salmon eat excellent nutrition and we all benefit from their excellent choices.”
A healthy diet of omegas is great for everyone at any age. And studies are suggesting this natural ocean source may help new moms and moms-to-be.