Most common depression medications are not approved for use by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. This leaves many women with the difficult decision of choosing between their mental health over the health of the baby.
An important 2011 study showed that TMS is safe and may provide an effective, alternative depression treatment for women who are pregnant or who want to breast-feed their baby. Published in the Journal of Women’s Health, the pilot study treated 10 women diagnosed with major depressive disorder with 20 controlled-dose TMS therapy sessions.
The results showed that seven of 10 (70%) subjects responded positively to the treatments, with researchers reporting a decrease of greater than 50% in Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS-17) scores. There were no adverse pregnancy or fetal outcomes, with all infants admitted to well-baby nursery and discharged with the mother. In addition to providing women a safer choice to treat their depression while nursing, them may also be able to avoid postpartum depression, which can become very serious and last for extended periods of time, if not identified and treated.
Would you like a safer way to manage your mental health, while your’re pregnant or breast-feeding your baby? Then TMS Therapy from NeuroStim may be right for you. Would you like to prevent or dramatically reduce the effect of postpartum depression after your pregnancy? Then call us at NeuroStim TMS Centers of Lakewood or Bellevue, we offer TMS therapy – a non-invasive, effective, and safe treatment that can treat depression by targeting and stimulating the neurotransmitters in your brain.
Contact us today to learn more about a proven, non-drug therapy for pregnant women who either want to experience breast feeding their baby or who want to improve their odds of suffering from postpartum depression.