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Are you considering Zoloft for anxiety after childbirth?

I know motherhood is not easy, but there are ways to soothe anxiety – without medication if you wish.

Plus, there are side effects to taking medications that moms worry about.

Here are some that women mention they experience when taking  SSRIs.

5 Side effects of Zoloft

  1. Insomnia, you may need a second drug to help you sleep
  2. Unable to have an orgasm- need I say more!
  3. Head feels heavy, moms feel jittery in their skin
  4. Moms complain it works well for a while then out of nowhere symptoms return
  5. And.. it may take years to taper off

In this post, you’ll discover 9 herbal alternatives to Zoloft, to ease your stress AND anxiety. 

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9 Herbs for anxiety/stress while Breastfeeding

Watch this video, then read the remedies below to overcome your anxiety fast.

#1 Passionflower

  • Used 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”

  • It’s an excellent herb to use when you need quality sleep, but don’t want to feel sleepy and need to get things done!
  • Dosing:
    • Drink 1-2 cups of a blended tea, 2 hours before bed to prevent night waking.
    • Take 20-30 drops of the tincture in 1/4 cup of water before bed.

#2 Skullcap

  • Use as a tincture or a tea for insomnia, irritability, and to soothe the nerves without slowing you down; like Chamomile tea may.
  • Dosing:
    • Drink 1-2 cups of a blended tea, 2 hours before bed to prevent night waking.
    • Take 20-30 drops of the tincture in 1/4 cup of water before bed.

#3 Stinging Nettles

  • Filled with vitamins and minerals, nettles are my go-to daily nourishing tea.
  • Safe while breastfeeding, consider creating your own tea blend or purchasing Earth Mama milkmaid tea; which includes stinging nettles in their blend.
  • Dosing:
    • Drink 1-2 cups, during the day as it has a diuretic effect.
    • Take 20-30 drops of the tincture in a blended tincture during the day.

#4 Chamomile

  • A gentle nervine that is safe enough for babies, toddlers, and big kids.
  • Take Chamomile at night for sleep difficulty as it can be slightly sedating.
  • Dosing:
    • Drink 1-2 cups, 2 hours before bed to prevent night waking.
    • Take 20-30 drops of the tincture in 1/4 cup of water before bed.

#5 Lavender

  • A lovely nervine, you can try Lavender essential oil on your pillows at night.
  • Works wonderfully if you’ve had too much coffee.
  • You can also try; Lavela to soothe anxiety before sleep.  Clients have come off of Buspar with this one essential oil blend taken internally.
  • Dosing: Follow the directions on the package.

#6 St. John’s Wort

  • Take for depression, anxiety, and my favorite – estrogen clearance.
  • Considered an L2/L3 safety botanical while nursing.
  • Talk to an herbalist if you are taking SSRIs.  St. John’s Wort & alcohol have the greatest interference with your medicine.
  • Dosing: Take as a tincture, 20-30 drops; 2-3x day.

#7 Motherwort

  • Great for heart palpitations, anxiety, irritability and overwhelm.
  • And, it’s safe while breastfeeding.
  • I prefer to use it as a tincture because it is very bitter as a tea or supplement.
  • Dosing:
    • Take 20-30 drops of the tincture in 1/4 cup of water as needed for anxiety.

#8 Blue vervain

  • An amazing nervine to soothe anxiety.
  • Use if you are irritable, weepy, and depressed.
  • Dosing: Take 20-30 drops, as a tincture in a 1/4 cup of water 2-3x day.
  • 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, works well with Stinging nettles.

Along with botanicals, consider addressing these five factors after childbirth.

#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

#4 Are you Sleep deprived?

Sleep is the #1 thing to restore to improve your health.

Learn how to stop insomnia here: https://taragregorio.com/postpartum-insomnia-remedies/

Conclusion

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.

xo

Tara

References:

  • https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-brain-gut-connection

 

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