The path for many into postpartum depression is gradual, so much so, that it can be difficult to tell that the water is hot because it warmed up so slowly. For others, a more abrupt change is seen, particularly with loss (a death, a divorce) or a perceived loss. Nearly every mother I've spoken to has felt at some time what we term Baby Blues, simply by the nature of what we've been through.
The physical and emotional stress of childbirth.
Elevated hormones that mimic our stress response.
Foods that stress our bodies ability to maintain homeostasis.
Lack of restorative sleep and time to care for ourselves.
All of these things push us toward or past our threshold to maintain homeostasis, to cope, and we begin to decompensate. For...