Postpartum Depression: A Link to Zinc?

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is typically suffered by a mother following childbirth. It usually arises from a combination of hormonal changes, fatigue, and a psychological adjustment to motherhood and a new lifestyle. More recently, postpartum depression has become a hot topic within social media and the news. This is wonderful because awareness on this subject is not only helping mothers, but it is providing women with better resources and treatments.

Is There Any Way to Fight It?

Postpartum depression has been linked to a lack of zinc and selenium within the diet. Zinc is found in pumpkin seeds and red meat. It helps to build protein and collagen within the body, as well as strengthen the overall health of the ovaries and uterus. The use of oral contraceptives can deplete our zinc within the body. Selenium is found in walnuts and Brazil nuts. It keeps our tissues elastic, protects us from toxic materials, and encourages a healthy heart.

Although these are only a few sources of these minerals, try consuming more foods with zinc and selenium to assist in your fight against postpartum depression. In addition, recognize that this condition cannot always be conquered without help from a medical professional who can assess and make recommendations for treatment according to your unique needs. Please contact our women’s health team or your doctor for more information regarding treatment of postpartum depression.

 


—Pauline Hannan, PT, DPT (Women’s Health Specialist)

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