The benefits of IV Ketamine Therapy go beyond just treatment-resistant depression and pain disorders. After some studies, it was found that ketamine therapy can be used for postpartum depression as well!
What is postpartum depression?
Pregnancy is a huge change in the body, hormones and moods tend to shift up and down during and after pregnancy. Most new moms experience postpartum “baby blues” after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery and may last for up to two weeks. But some moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. In many circumstances, it is advised that postpartum depression is treated by a medical professional.
How does ketamine treat depression?
Ketamine works by triggering regrowth in your brain cells, allowing you to put a rest on the thoughts and emotions holding you back. Ketamine works on the glutamate neurotransmitters preventing a receptor called N-methyl D-aspartate Receptor (NMDA) from being activated by the glutamate. This results in an increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF). An increase in BDNF allows for increased neuroplasticity and synaptic connections to form. In short, this allows for the re-wiring of your brain that is responsible for stress, cognitive thinking, and emotions.
In 2019, the National Institutes of Health conducted a study of 654 women who gave birth by Caesarean section. During this study, researchers found that ketamine IV infusions administered shortly following delivery reduced postpartum depression symptoms significantly.
Can I still breastfeed with ketamine therapy?
At this time, there is little research regarding the safety of ketamine therapy while breastfeeding. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is advised that a mother does not breastfeed while undergoing ketamine therapy until substantial research is conducted. It is recommended to pumping prior to your infusion and then abstain from feeding for two days after the infusion by pumping and dumping. We recommend you consult with your primary health provider before making any decisions.
How do I find ketamine therapy treatment?
Each ketamine therapy clinic is unique to its process and assessment. NeuroMedici, located in Chicago, offers initial assessments to anyone interested in ketamine therapy to assess whether it’s the right fit for you. This allows you to meet our doctor and nurse, tour the space, and learn our process. If we evaluate that ketamine therapy can be beneficial for you, you can schedule your treatment plan and move forward with ketamine therapy. Our nurses are always happy to answer any questions and can be contacted by our office number (773) 227-2687.
For more information, you can tour our website or submit an inquiry on our free consultation form here.