What is Postpartum Depression? It depends who you ask. If you ask me, I’m likely to describe a number of potential contributors that can ultimately be tagged with the impressionist psychiatric descriptor of postpartum depression, anxiety, and psychosis. These terms tell us little to nothing about what’s actually going on in a woman’s body, yet
I have studied, taught, and published in the field of reproductive psychiatry. I’ve treated women in every stage of the reproductive cycle. And, I’m a working mom. So, I’m acutely interested in and aware of the many ways in which modern medicine is impacting, and sometimes hurting women and their children – more than helping them. In this category you’ll find a wide range of topics of interest to mothers, and mother’s to be.
Join me, Kelly Brogan, today, at 11am Eastern time, as I speak with Jennifer Margulis, author of the acclaimed book, The Business of Baby and Manuel Casanova, the Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Endowed Chair in Outpatient Psychiatry and a Professor of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology at the University of Louisville, as host of my monthly
Antibiotics are cellular toxins causing oxidative stress in addition to slaughtering bacteria – good, bad, and indifferent. A signal is being raised to implicate antibiotics in pregnancy with “small for gestational age.” These babies may inherit altered bacteria from their mothers, leading to a higher risk of obesity and inflammatory disorders in childhood. Antibiotics are
Despite the fact that no randomized trial has ever been done to support this recommendation, bed rest in pregnancy is offered as a “preventative measure” for all manner of mid-late pregnancy complications. This study demonstrated that, not only is there no benefit, but the risk of deconditioning, thromboembolism, and depressive symptoms may be accompanied by
A recent report from Women’s Voices of the Earth explores the loopholes that allow for toxic chemicals in feminine products to go untested and unpoliced. Tampons and pads contain dioxins, furans, and pesticides associated with cancer and endocrine/reproductive disruption. Wipes, washes, douches, and deodorants contain parabens, dyes, and unknown chemicals under the label of “fragrance”. These