When you’re carrying a child, sometimes it feels like you’re carrying the weight of the world. And when the baby is born, you are. It’s only natural that your mental and emotional well-being might be affected. Now, thanks to our light therapy products, it’s natural to discover your equilibrium again and start experiencing the joys of motherhood.
Lest you take your own needs for happiness as secondary and try to slog through these unique months, toughing it out instead of taking care of yourself, remember: your health is your infant’s. What are you waiting for? Get your nature back, girl — with our SunTouch Plus prescription strength light or our Square Wake-Up Light, the world's first portable light therapy unit powered by LEDs.
PREPARTUM DEPRESSION, often referred to as pregnancy depression, can heighten the risk of preterm delivery and having a baby with low birthweight. It also puts you at risk for inadequate nutrition, increased nicotine and alcohol use, and failure to take care of yourself properly.
Though studies have not determined categorically that treating depression with drugs is always dangerous for the fetus, more and more doctors feel that light therapy is an informed, effective and intelligent way to play it safe.
For the 1 in 10 women worldwide who find themselves at severe risk at this stressful time, there’s a Nature Bright light at the end of the tunnel!
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, often referred to as pregnancy depression, can be a distraction that makes it difficult to bond with your child. It can also create a domino effect that creates the potential for illness for the two (or three!) of you. Research conducted over the last ten years has provided significant evidence that the employment of light therapy — which operates on the brain’s pathways in the same way as antidepressants — makes a lot of sense as a first recourse.
Don’t you owe it to yourself to try it? You may never need to resort to medical or chemical intervention.
Pregnancy & Light Therapy
A Partial Research List
The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice 16:372-382 (2003)
© 2003 American Board of Family Practice
The Effectiveness of Various Postpartum Depression Treatments and the Impact of Antidepressant Drugs on Nursing Infants
Dwenda Gjerdingen, MD, MS
Am J Psychiatry 157:303-304, February 2000
© 2000 American Psychiatric Association
Letter to the Editor
Bright Light Therapy’s Effect on Postpartum Depression
MARIA CORRAL, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., ANNIE KUAN, B.A., and DEMETRA KOSTARAS , B.SC., M.A. Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Light Therapy for Seasonal and Nonseasonal Depression:
Efficacy, Protocol, Safety, and Side Effects
By Michael Terman, PhD, and Jiuan Su Terman, PhD