Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

What is postpartum depression (or PPD)?


Postpartum depression is a medical condition experienced by approximately 10 percent of women after their baby is born. It is normal to have some feelings of irritability, weepiness, impatience, low self-esteem, restlessness, oversensitivity, anxiety and lack of feelings for the baby. However, when these feelings are intense, frequent, and include anger, panic, hopelessness, and severe anxiety you may be suffering from PPD. With postpartum depression, pharmaceutical intervention may be required and can offer relief. If you have a family history of PPD, let your healthcare provider know prior to delivery so they can monitor you appropriately. 

This Q&A discusses the difference between low mood or "baby blues", postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. 

Read this Q&A to find our more about why you may not mentally feel like your normal, pre-pregnant self postpartum.