Are you considering Zoloft for anxiety after childbirth?
In this post, you’ll discover 9 herbal alternatives to Zoloft, to ease your stress AND some are safe to take while breastfeeding.
Here’s how I overcame anxiety without medication.
Keep in mind… In order for botanicals to be successful if you have postpartum anxiety or depression, you’ll want to take into account your full health.
Along with botanicals, consider addressing these five factors.
- #1 Herbs for Adrenal health
- #2 Are your vitamin levels low?
- #3 How is your gut health?
- #4 Are you sleep-deprived?
- #5 Are you Stressed??
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9 Herbs for anxiety/stress while Breastfeeding
- Use as a tincture or a tea for difficulty with sleep
Matthew Wood states that it actually increases concentration during wakefulness by “cutting out internal chatter”
- Making it an excellent herb to use when you need quality sleep, but you need to get things done!
- Use as a tincture or a tea for insomnia, irritability and to soothe the nerves without slowing you down; like Chamomile tea may
#3 Stinging Nettles
- Use as a nourishing daily tea
- or add a tincture to your tea or water if you have irritability and weepiness
- take at night for sleep difficulty as it can be slightly sedating
- Take for sleep difficulty especially if you’ve had too much coffee!
#6 St. Johns Wort
- Considered an L2/L3 safety botanical while nursing
- Take for depression, anxiety, and estrogen clearance
- Talk to an herbalist if you are taking SSRIs. St. John’s Wort & alcohol have the greatest interference with your medicine.
- My favorite!
- Great for heart palpitations, anxiety, irritability and overwhelm.
- And, it’s safe while breastfeeding.
- Use as a tincture because it is very bitter as a tea or supplement.
#8 Blue vervain
- Use if you are irritable, weepy, and depressed
- As a tincture or tea
- Mathew Wood states: Blue vervains” have very talkative minds, and may even talk out loud to themselves (best combine with agrimony); they are control-freaks, extremely self-critical, responsible, reliable, and loyal.
#9 Milky Oat Tops
- Take daily as a nourishing tea to soothe anxiety
Keep in mind, there are side effects to ALL medications. Here are some that women mention they experience when taking Zoloft.
Zoloft Side Effects
- unable to have an orgasm!!
- head feels heavy, jittery in their skin
- Moms complain it works well for a while then out of nowhere symptoms return
- And, it may take years to taper off
I understand, it’s stressful to be raising children especially now during Covid-19, but I want you to know there are alternatives to medications you can take whether you are breastfeeding or not.
Also, consider checking these four things as well:
#1 Your Adrenal health
- The adrenals are two small glands that sit on top of the kidneys and produce several hormones, among them, cortisol.
- When under stress, we produce and release short bursts of cortisol into the bloodstream.
- The adrenal fatigue theory suggests that prolonged exposure to stress could drain the adrenals leading to a low cortisol state.
- The adrenal depletion would cause brain fog, low energy, depressive mood, salt, and sweet cravings, lightheadedness, and other vague symptoms.
Take action>>One thing you can do is integrate an adaptogen into your diet to soothe your adrenal health
#2 Check your Vitamin Levels
- Women struggling with anxiety and depression are often low in Vitamin d., Magnesium, and B vitamins; especially after childbirth or long periods of stress!
#3 Check your Gut health
- There is a connection between your gut health & anxiety
- Consider healing your gut if you’re struggling with “digestive issues”
#4 Are you Sleep deprived?
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