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If You Are A New Mom And Depressed You Likely Have This Virus

Postpartum depression Epstein Barr Virus Herpes

Postpartum depression symptoms are unmistakable, leaving any new mom feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious and depressed. Science has found postpartum depression is strongly linked to a common Herpes virus.


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Postpartum depression is characterized as a mood disorder that typically begins before, but mostly immediately after childbirth. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 11 to 20% of women who give birth yearly develop postpartum depression symptoms. This means out of an average of 15% of four million live births in the US annually, approximately 600,000 women get post postpartum depression each year in the United States alone but studies suggest a strong link between depression and the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV).

Postpartum Symptoms Consistent With EBV

Symptoms consistent with the onset of postpartum depression and hence EBV, affect mood and can involve, but are not limited to anger, anxiety, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or panic attacks. Symptoms may also include fatigue, loss of appetite, or anxiety, depression, fear, worry or fixated thoughts, crying or irritability, lack of concentration, weight gain, weight loss and insomnia.

What is Epstein Barr Virus?

EBV is herpetic and usually associated with mononucleosis or glandular fever, however, these symptoms don’t have to present themselves to get the virus. EBV while common, is becoming a silent and often overlooked epidemic that not fully understood by medical science. More and more research is linking EBV with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, Thyroid disease and more. According to Epstein Barr Expert Anthony William, NY Times Best Selling Author of Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal over 225 million Americans have some form of EBV.

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Pre and Postpartum Depression strongly linked to EBV

In a study published in the Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology researchers, dug for evidence regarding the relationship between prenatal psychosocial stress and EBV reactivation in pregnant women during different stages of gestation from diverse populations. The research confirmed that women with depression had higher prevalence of Epstein Barr Virus.

Another study published in the journal Nature observed the prevalence of Epstein-Barr virus reactivation within one week before delivery. The study compared 163 pregnant women with depressive symptoms at 33 to 34 weeks of gestation and a computer-generated control group of 163 pregnant healthy women without depressive symptoms.

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Depressive symptoms at 33 to 34 weeks of gestation were significantly related to the prevalence of Epstein-Barr virus reactivation before delivery, compared to the control group. The prevalence of Epstein-Barr virus reactivation was higher in the women with depressive symptoms accompanied by higher negative coping.

The study concluded that maternal depressive symptoms in late pregnancy are associated with Epstein-Barr virus reactivation, and this association could be moderated by maternal coping style.

Epstein Barr Virus Thrives On Stress

EBV is only contagious when it presents as mononucleosis. This is the second stage of the disease, according to William. Most people don’t know they have the virus since EBV can lay dormant for years, waiting to strike. EBV also feeds off foods in your diet, as well as heavy metals found in the body and adrenaline from stress. It goes without saying that carrying and delivering a child is perhaps the most intense physiological stress on a woman’s body, which is why it’s no surprise that research has confirmed the strong link between the reactivation of EBV and the onset of postpartum depression.

EBV Can Be Healed

The good news is EBV can be healed naturally. Diet is a huge factor in healing EBV, therefore it is important to work closely with your practitioner, Naturopath and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner to learn more about knocking back EBV’s viral load with diet and targeted supplementation to both end postpartum symptom and future symptoms of the disease.