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4 Signs Of Postpartum Depression And How You Can Help

It's a tragedy that happens all too often - a mom suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) takes her own life. It happened recently to Florence Leung, a 32-year-old mom from British Columbia, Canada. After being reported missing in late October 2016, Leung, the mother of a 2-month-old boy, was found dead in a body of water near her home on November 17.

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One of the most common causes of postpartum depression is the reduction of omega-3 fatty acid levels in the mother due to the fact that much of her internal stores of omega-3 fatty acids have been diverted to the fetus for brain development. One of the best ways to manage this common condition is the supplementation with high-dose fish oil (5 grams of EPA and DHA per day) to replace the lost omega-3 fatty acids. That dose is also useful for managing depression at any stage of life.

 

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