Postpartum depression isn’t just the “baby blues.” It’s an often debilitating mental health disorder that deserves empathetic and compassionate care. At Revival Infusion Madison, Sarah Wilczewski, CRNA, APNP, provides warm and caring support to postpartum moms in the Fitchburg, Wisconsin, office. She expertly administers ketamine infusions to postpartum patients who need a more aggressive solution to their severe depression. Ketamine can take effect immediately, allowing you to get back to yourself and your baby. Call the office today or click the provided online booking link.
Hormone changes are entirely normal during and after pregnancy, so it’s not unusual for new moms to feel some sadness at times. This feeling — the “baby blues” — usually fades within a week or two.
Postpartum depression is not the same as the baby blues: the feelings of depression are more intense, disruptive, and last longer. And, unlike the baby blues, postpartum depression requires professional treatment, or it can disrupt your ability to function and care for your baby.
Postpartum depression symptoms usually start within a few weeks of giving birth. However, your symptoms can start while you’re still pregnant or might not begin for up to a year after birth. Some of the symptoms you can experience include:
Postpartum depression symptoms linger for more than two weeks and can continue long-term if you don’t seek treatment.
The most common approach to treating postpartum depression is antidepressants and psychotherapy. However, antidepressants aren’t effective for some women — and it’s common to try several drugs before finding one that helps.
This process can take many weeks or months and leave you suffering in the meantime. When you’re struggling to get through one of the most challenging periods of your life, waiting that long might not be doable. In that situation, ketamine infusions could be right for you.
Ketamine is an anesthetic that, when taken in low doses during intravenous infusions, can have strong antidepressant effects. The drug stimulates an increase in glutamate, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood. In contrast to oral antidepressants, ketamine starts working immediately.
You might notice your depression lightening after only one infusion, with continued improvement through a series of treatments spread over three weeks. Sarah stays with you through every infusion and closely monitors your progress to make sure you get the best results.
If you’re interested in learning how ketamine can lift the blanket of postpartum depression, call Revival Infusion Madison now or click on the online appointment tool to arrange a consultation.
WARNING: Ketamine appears in minimal concentrations in breast milk and is classified as a low risk in breastfeeding infants. Avoid breastfeeding for 6-12 hours after ketamine infusions to further minimize that risk.
NOTE: Ketamine infusions are an alternative treatment. Ketamine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of depression at this time. Ketamine affects each patient differently, so results may vary.