8 Common postpartum depression & anxiety mistakes

8 Common postpartum depression & anxiety mistakes

10-20% of moms experience postpartum depression lasting a few months and up to a year {or more} after birth ¹

And, up to 20% of women report feelings of anxiousness, sadness, depression, panic, frustration, and feeling hopeless.

What does this mean for you?

You need a postpartum plan.

In this post, I’ll walk you through the five most common mistakes I see moms making when they have postpartum depression and anxiety. Ready to get started? Grab this freebie first.

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Here are our 8 common mistakes we make

#1 Moms stop breastfeeding

  • Several studies have suggested that breastfeeding could help protect women against PPD ²
  • Yet, many women complain that their doctor has suggested they stop breastfeeding due to postpartum depression.
  • Breastfeeding could help reduce your postpartum depression. And although it’s time-consuming and exhausting, breastfeeding may help you sleep better due to your hormones and ease of feeding in the middle of the night.

#2 You don’t address your nutrient gaps

There is an enormous amount of depletion after childbirth. This, along with sleep deprivation can lead to insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Watch this video, to learn my favorite supplements to take after each and every birth.

11 Postpartum vitamin & supplements every new mom should take

#3 You take just one herb for insomnia

Insomnia, anxiety, and depression go hand in hand. Addressing your sleep deprivation should be your #1 goal when healing postpartum. Click To Tweet

If you’re struggling with insomnia, you need deep nourishment. You’ll want to stop drinking coffee and/or alcohol and address your nutrient gaps.

It may take time, but keep with it and soon you’ll be able to fall asleep every time you’re woken in the middle of the night. Watch this video to learn my favorite remedies for insomnia.

#4 You don’t take an adaptogen

What’s an adaptogen? They help us “adapt” to stress. And, if there was ever a stressful time, it’s when you have children! Here is one adaptogen you can take while breastfeeding, there are others I’ll be writing about real soon.

#5 You don’t address your mindset

Becoming a mother is life-changing. We crave our old selves. Those who struggle, are experiencing a shamanic death. The death of the old you, shedding into the new version of yourself.

By changing your thoughts, you can learn to fall in love with motherhood.

#6 You don’t take enough nervines

Nervines are a category of herbs that help soothe our anxiety. And, as I mentioned above anxiety & depression go hand-in-hand.

You want to soothe your anxiety and stress if you’re struggling with postpartum anxiety and/or depression. Watch this video to learn my favorite remedies.

#7 You only take medication

Anxiety medications can be so helpful when you’re struggling with anxiety and depression and raising a family. But, keep in mind you can also work on your nutrient gaps, insomnia, and anxiety WHILE taking medications.

It’s not the end. By making self-care a priority, your body can heal. It’s not selfish and anyone who tells you it is, is not worth your time.

#8 You don’t see a therapist

This is the biggest mistake I made when I had postpartum depression. I didn’t want the therapist to judge me! But, after my husband passed away, I knew I needed therapy for the trauma, and wow did it change my life!

Watch this video to see how EMDR can help you through PPA & PPD.

You don’t have to struggle with anxiety and depression for years. Ask for help!

Watch the recap video here.

What’s stopping you? Let me know in the comments below.

xo

Tara

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References

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¹ https://www.ppdil.org/symptoms-of-ppmds/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAkZKNBhDiARIsAPsk0Wi1MST1Z6A6Ex2WHZCOl-8Nf3M40Cu8mY4i64314qm40GKzdqEEmaEaAoUfEALw_wcB ²https://www.seleni.org/advice-support/2018/3/13/breastfeeding-and-postpartum-depression

The secret herbal remedies to overcome postpartum anxiety naturally

The secret herbal remedies to overcome postpartum anxiety naturally

Admit it.

You’re frustrated and distracted by your stress and anxiety.

Wouldn’t it be great..

  • If you didn’t have to worry your anxiety would get worse.
  • If you didn’t have to worry, that your children would get this?
  • If you didn’t have anxiety before your period, each and every month?
  • If you could sleep….

Picture this.

Knowing exactly how to soothe your anxiety so you can manage it every day. So you can sleep better and not worry so much.

Let me show you how I’ve overcome anxiety with natural remedies.

But hang on… don’t forget to always check with your doctor before adding any new supplements to your diet. And if you’re taking medications, book a health consultation to double-check there are no herb-drug interactions.

Approximately 6% of pregnant women and 10% of postpartum women develop anxiety. Sometimes they experience anxiety alone, and sometimes they experience it in addition to depression.

Want to get started?

In this post, I’ll share how you can overcome postpartum anxiety with natural remedies.


What does postpartum anxiety feel like

Postpartum anxiety feels like a cloud hanging over your head. There are waves of irritation and you may have a panic attack once in a while, due to this anxiety.

More commonly, moms may say they have …

  • constant worry about their children or others
  • they need to move or work and keep busy to avoid the anxiety
  • they may get sick more often
  • they also have PMS and PMS rage
  • they’re not mentally there and crave to be more present with their family

Why does postpartum anxiety happen

There could be many reasons postpartum anxiety happens. As a women’s herbal educator, I help moms identify why this is happening and how to fix it.

Here are some of the reasons postpartum anxiety happens:
  • Low vitamins; particularly Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Iron, Vitamin B12 & DHA
  • Lack of sleep
  • Inflammation in your gut; specifically gut dysbiosis ² Gut-brain axis
  • Your hormones. Are you in peri-menopause or have too much estrogen in your diet?
  • Your thyroid is off – hypo or hyperthyroid
  • Your nervous system is overreacting due to stress
  • Your body is not healed postpartum
  • Post-traumatic stress; unresolved anger from past events

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5 Steps to reduce postpartum anxiety

#1 Identify your triggers

Often alcohol, caffeine, and sometimes foods {gluten & dairy} can trigger a panic attack. We all know you don’t sleep well even with just one glass of wine! Write down when you get anxious and what happen the night before.

👉Action step: Take the Gut Health questionnaire to see if you have gut dysbiosis. Then reach out for a health consultation to help you heal your gut.

#2 Get outside!

Connect with nature again. Raising little people often gets us stuck inside for long periods of time. Raising twins, I rarely left the house for the first two years. I was too busy cooking, cleaning, working, and caring for them. Commit to taking a walk or asking someone to watch your little one so you can get outside – even if it’s winter.

#3 Have your vitamin levels checked

Women are often very depleted during the postpartum time period. Birth is one of the biggest events of your life, yet there is so little attention paid to your mom after childbirth. It’s insane!

Have your doctor check:

  • if you have the MTHFR gene – this is so important because you need vitamin B12!
  • your thyroid – it can go from hypo to hyperthyroid in three months!
  • Vitamins D, B12, iron & DHA
  • consider testing for food sensitivities

#4 Integrate botanicals

Adaptogens and nervines can help soothe your anxiety.

Consider integrating:

  • Ashwagandha tincture for a daily
  • Motherwort tincture for acute panic attacks
  • Chamomile tea to ease evening anxiety
  • Lemon Balm tea, combined with Chamomile & Milky oat tops for a yummy evening tea
  • Milky oat tops tea
  • Stinging nettles tea
  • Passionflower tincture
  • Kava Kave tincture for acute panic attacks
  • St. Johns Wort tincture for depression & anxiety {caution use with SSRIs}

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#5 Tap into your creative side

What are you going to do with this one life?

Have you ever wondered if you have anxiety because you are suppressing something? That you want to say something or do something, you’re not doing?

👉Action step: Write it down. Write down your hopes, your dreams, and your anger, and then let it go.

Conclusion

You can overcome postpartum anxiety when you tap into the root cause. Vitamin levels, stress, gut health, and meditation can have a profound effect on your health.

What has worked for you? I’d love to know. Comment below.

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References

  • ¹ https://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/anxiety-during-pregnancy-postpartum/
  • ² https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5641835/

 

Postpartum adrenal fatigue; how to fix it with herbal medicine

Postpartum adrenal fatigue; how to fix it with herbal medicine

Are you feeling exhausted and not sure why?

You may have something called postpartum adrenal fatigue.

What is postpartum adrenal fatigue?

It’s complete and udder exhaustion after childbirth AND it’s not a real thing. What I mean is, your doctor would never give you this diagnosis.

But hold on, just because your doctor is not recognizing your extreme fatigue – it doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

By the end of this post, I’m going to share the nine symptoms of postpartum adrenal fatigue and the steps you can take to get your energy back fast.

So, is adrenal fatigue real?

Your adrenals don’t get fatigued unless you have a medical diagnosis, where your adrenals stop producing cortisol.

  • your labs may come back fine
  • you’re still feeling exhausted
  • but, it’s not measurable

It’s an alternative medical term to describe the symptoms your experiencing and at the root of it is inflammation in the body.

I first heard of this term from my teacher. Dr. Aviva Romm, who wrote the book Adrenal Thyroid Revolution.

Postpartum adrenal fatigue symptoms

11 symptoms that may suggest you have adrenal fatigue are:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Irritability, anxiety, feeling blue
  • Sugar/carbs, fat, caffeine, or salt cravings
  • Tiredness around 3-4 most afternoons
  • Weight gain, especially around your middle
  • Getting sick more often than you used to
  • Hormonal problems
  • Brain fog, forgetfulness
  • Digestive problems
  • Hashimoto’s symptoms or another autoimmune condition

Plus if you’re breastfeeding and sleep-deprived. your body is being challenged every, single day.

So what do we do about it?

We get to the root cause of your exhaustion.

Simple steps to restore your health

  • #1 Integrate adaptogens
    • Adaptogens can help pull you out of fight or flight and help ease the daily stress of motherhood.
  • #2 Whole food diet
    • Eat whole foods, gluten-free and maybe dairy-free to reduce inflammation
    • Have your vitamin levels checked to see if they are low
    • Reduce coffee and eliminate alcohol
  • #3 Restore your gut health
    • Heal your gut with the 4R approach
    • Make sure you’re eliminating daily
  • #4 Improve your sleep
    • Restore your sleep with herbs and homeopathic medicine
  • #5 Uncover any trauma you may have had with therapy
    • Explore EMDR, brain retraining, meditations and ART therapy
  • #6 Move your body every day
    • You need to sweat most days of the week to reduce toxins
  • #7 Soothe your nervous system with nervines

 

This is what I teach in The Present Momma group training. Get on the list HERE.

Can you take adrenal support while breastfeeding?

Yes! There are many botanicals you can take when you are struggling with exhaustion.

 

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Postpartum Adrenal Fatigue

Postpartum adrenal cocktail

The ONE daily tea is a nice blend to support your adrenal health and calm your nervous system. It’s steeped for over eight hours to draw out the medicinal qualities of the botanicals.

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Conclusion

Postpartum adrenal fatigue is the body’s way of showing you, you’re doing too much. This is the season of your life to rest and recover from childbirth, which is a major event you’ve just experienced. Your body needs deep nourishment, warm cooked foods, herbal teas, and digestive healing; along with positive thinking to support your transition into motherhood.

Are you experiencing postpartum adrenal fatigue? I’d love to help. Send me a message.

xo

Tara

8 Ways to calm anxiety while pregnant

8 Ways to calm anxiety while pregnant

Are you wondering which herbs are safe during your pregnancy for stress and anxiety?

In this post, I’ll cover the top eight botanicals to ease your sleep and anxiety now. Plus, you’ll be able to use most of these during the postpartum period as well.

>>>>But, first, please note that the stronger herbs {Valerian, Skullcap, Passion Flower, and California poppy} may be considered; but due to lack of studies and their safety, they should be limited to:

  • short term use
  • and avoid in the first trimester

Keep in mind, teas are very nutritious and typically the chosen method during pregnancy, but when you need a quick method to get to sleep faster; you’ll want to choose a tincture or extract.

  • Consider drinking the teas 2 hours before bed to prevent nighttime waking.
  • And, you always want to check with your doctor before adding in any new herbal remedies; especially for first-time pregnancies.

See your doctor right away with any of the following signs:

  • vaginal bleeding
  • herpes breakout
  • severe pelvic or abdominal pain
  • severe mid-back pain
  • edema or hands and face
  • severe headaches, blurry vision
  • rupture of membranes prior to 37 weeks
  • regular uterine contractions
  • no fetal movement

So what are some common symptoms of prenatal anxiety?

10 Pregnancy Anxiety Symptoms

Here are the ten most common symptoms moms say they have when they experience anxiety.

  • you can’t sleep and have insomnia
  • heart palpitations – a quickening of your heart
  • dizziness, light head
  • stomach issues
  • tight chest
  • shortness of breath
  • headache
  • sweating
  • can’t focus
  • crying spells

What can you do about it?

Gradually add in one botanical at a time and consider walking daily, along with making yoga and meditation a priority to soothe your stress now – naturally.

8 Natural Remedies for Anxiety During Pregnancy

  • #1 Lavender {Lavandula officinalis}

    • To promote sleep, relieve anxiety – generally considered safe during pregnancy
    • The essential oil has been shown to inhibit the stimulant effects of caffeine.
    • The herb should be taken as a tea or tincture and the essential oil should never be taken internally during pregnancy.
      • Keep in mind, that essential oils may have an estrogenic effect on us; especially when taken internally.
  • #2 Chamomile {Matricaria recutita}

    • To promote relaxation, treat insomnia and digestive pain, like gas. Drink tea nightly 1-2 hours before bed to prevent night waking due to urination.
    • Dosing:
      • 1-5g/day in tea
  • #3 Lemon Balm {Melissa officinalis}

    • To promote sleep, and relieve anxiety – generally considered safe during pregnancy
      • Patients with thyroid disorders or taking thyroid medication should avoid using Lemon Balm during pregnancy due to the theoretical risk of reducing thyroid function from this herb. {but highly unlikely}
    • The yummy lemony flavor is known to lift your spirits, reduce stress headaches, ADHD, and SAD, and enhance your sleep.
  • #4 California poppy {Eschscholzia californica}

    • It promotes sleep, relieves anxiety, and is considered a stronger nervine than Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Lavender.
    • Consider the tincture for short-term use if you cannot sleep and only in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
  • #5 Passionflower {Passiflora incarnata}

    • Used to quiet the mind, promote sleep, and relieve anxiety, and is considered a stronger nervine than Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Lavender.
    • This is for the mom who cannot “shut off” her mind at night.. you lay thinking about the day. It’s like a radio station is turned on, passionflower is the off button.
    • Consider for short-term use in the 2nd or 3rd trimester ONLY.
  • #6 Skullcap {Scutellaria lateriflora}

    • Used for headaches, insomnia, stress, and tension promote sleep, relieve anxiety, and is considered a stronger nervine than Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Lavender.
    • Consider using it if you’re nervous, agitated, and have muscle spasms. You may be grinding your teeth and have restless leg syndrome.
    • Consider for short-term use in the 2nd or 3rd trimester ONLY.
    • Dosing:
      • Take 30 drops of tincture in 1/4 cup of water; 1-2x before bed, for short-term use only, or drink a cup of tea with a dash of skullcap in the tea.
  • #7 Valerian {Valeriana officinalis}

    • It promotes sleep, relieves anxiety, and is considered a stronger nervine than Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Lavender.
    • Consider for short-term use in the 2nd or 3rd trimester ONLY.
    • Dosing:
      • Take 30 drops of tincture in 1/4 cup of water; 1-2x before bed. For short-term use only.
  • #8 Cramb bark {Viburnum opulus} & Black haw {Viburnum prunifolium}

    • Not necessarily a nervine; Cramp bark and Black haw can ease cramping and pain in the pelvic region – reducing the anxiety that may occur with this cramping.
      • These two botanicals have a long history of the use of spasmodic muscle discomfort.
      • During pregnancy, they have traditionally been used to relieve restless leg symptoms; in the legs, back, and particularly the calf.
      • You may also want to ask your doctor about adding Mg to your diet as well.
      • Considered generally safe during pregnancy and works amazingly fast for postpartum cramps and PMS.
    • Dosing: no more than 5ml/day total
      • Watch this video to learn more:

Anxiety Attack During Pregnancy

If you’re experiencing anxiety attacks, it’s time to address them now.

  • Make exercise a priority for you
  • Write nightly about your worries
  • Practice breathing and meditation
  • Make sleep a priority as well
  • Make a tea of Chamomile, Lemon Balm with a dash of Lavender to sip on most days
  • Consider seeing a therapist as well to talk about your concerns and/or trauma

Pregnancy Anxiety At Night

To reduce anxiety at night, consider incorporating a nightly routine

  1. create a safe, comfortable sleep environment with blackout curtains and a sound a machine
  2. try yoga, more specifically yoga Nidra before bed
  3. take a warm both an hour before bed and add 5-7 drops of Lavender essential oil or rose oils
  4. get into bed for 30 min. before sleep and journal or read a book
  5. have your partner give you a massage before sleep
  6. eat a light snack before bed
  7. avoid caffeine, television, and spicey meals within 2 hours of sleep

And, I’d like to applaud you for reaching out and seeking natural remedies for anxiety.

xo

Tara

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References

  • Romm, Aviva Dr.: Botanical medicine for women’s health

 

The 13 benefits of stinging nettles during pregnancy & postpartum

The 13 benefits of stinging nettles during pregnancy & postpartum

Are you wondering if stinging nettles are safe for you?

Imagine a daily tea that would nourish your body, soothe anxiety and stress, and help you sleep better.

It sounds so simple and it is!

Here’s a quick warning, always check with your doctor if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding or have any health concerns; especially taking diuretics.

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In this post, I’ll share how you can use stinging nettles during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and beyond.

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What are Stinging Nettles?

Stinging nettles or Urtica dioica is a common weed found in North America and is most commonly known for the sting you get when you walk by. It can be cooked and eaten in popular recipes like nettle soup or nettle cheese, but its sting disappears when you cook it.

If you happen to get the kiss of the nettles, you can always search for Plantago major nearby – chew it up and place it on the sting to soothe the burn.

Personally, I love the sting as it signifies the start of Spring and “wakes up” my immune system.

Stinging Nettle Treatment

If you’ve received the kiss from Stinging nettles, don’t worry.

  • Find Plantago major, otherwise known as plantain, chew in your mouth, and apply to the red, sting area
  • Within moments your sting will subside

13 Stinging Nettles Benefits

There are so many benefits of stinging nettles during pregnancy and postpartum.

Stinging nettles…

  1. are filled with vitamins A, C, K, and B
  2. has minerals of CA, Iron {helps fight fatigue}, and Mg {helps soothe the nervous system}
  3. may increase milk production
  4. decreases allergies when using the freeze-dried nettles
  5. decreases inflammation
  6. decreases blood pressure
  7. it controls blood sugar- have a cup with chocolate cake
  8. fights fatigue
  9. decreases the risk of iron-deficient anemia
  10. reduces pelvic congestion
  11. reduce caffeine and sugar cravings
  12. prevents osteoporosis
  13. prevents varicosities

So, Are nettles safe while nursing?

  • Stinging Nettles are considered a Level 1 herb by the German Commission E. and is safe while breastfeeding and during pregnancy

My favorite tea for breastfeeding moms is Earth Mama Milkmaid Tea which includes Stinging Nettles

Earth mama milkmaid tea ingredients:
Organic Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-graecum) Seed, Organic Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare) Seed, Organic Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus) Leaf, Organic Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Leaf, Organic Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) Seed, Organic Orange (Citrus Sinensis) Peel, Organic Anise (Pimpinella Anisum) Seed, Organic Caraway (Carum Carvi) Seed, Organic Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa) Leaf

3 Ways to use Stinging Nettles

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#1 The ONE daily tea

If you love making teas yourself, here is my favorite recipe for women of all ages.

The ONE daily tea blend

Ingredients

  • 1 part Stinging Nettles
  • 1 part Milky Oat Tops
  • Optional
  • Add in lemon balm for happiness {Lemon balm may change the taste of your breastmilk if breastfeeding}

Instructions

  1. Place 2-3 tbs. of herbs in a cup.
  2. Cover with 3-4 cups of water.
  3. Steep for 8 hours overnight.
  4. Add in raw honey when warm if you desire.
  5. -
  6. Safe while breastfeeding
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#2 Stinging Nettle Supplement for allergies

One of the benefits of Stinging Nettles is to reduce seasonal allergies. Consider taking it 1-2 months daily before your allergy season begins.

  • The best method for reducing allergies is to take it in a “freeze-dried” form. This means the stinging hairs of the plant are preserved in the capsule.
  • You can open the capsule for children, animals and if you have poor digestion to take in a shake, tea or drink of your choice
  • Freeze-dried stinging nettles in a supplement form

#3 Stinging Nettle Tincture

I prefer to drink Stinging Nettles for all the vitamins & minerals, but you may want to use it as a tincture as well.

How to use stinging nettles for postpartum depression

Conclusion

Stinging nettles are one of the most beneficial botanicals to nourish our body with vitamins and minerals and ease the everyday stress of motherhood. Taken as tea, you’ll notice the soothing effects immediately.

I hope you grow to love nettles as much as I do.

Have you tried Stinging Nettles? Let us know

xo

Tara

 

The ONE daily tea

The ONE daily tea

Feeling overwhelmed with motherhood?

Your body needs deep nourishment and this ONE daily tea blend can provide that healing; along with soothing your nervous system each day.

Recipe below 👇

First, what are the benefits of Stinging nettles?

Stinging Nettles Benefits

  • filled with vitamins and minerals, there is no other botanical to meet its deep nourishment. Check this image out..

  • Additional benefits;
    • antiallergic – helps reduce allergies when taken as a freeze-dried supplement
    • mild diuretic – helps with bloating and constipation
    • It’s considered safe while breastfeeding with a Category C; compatible
    • And safe during pregnancy with a category B2; no harmful effects found
  • As a busy mom, I’d drink the ONE daily tea to help fill your nutrient gaps, soothe the nervous system, and aid digestion.

Milky Oat Benefits {Avena sativa}

  • nerve tonic when taken for a long period of time
  • ease fragile nerves, for PMS, postpartum, or menopause
  • great for withdrawal of addictions as well
  • for the most benefit, steep the herb for 8 hours overnight, then strain and drink

Postpartum Tea Blend

The ONE daily tea

Ingredients

  • 1 part dried stinging nettles
  • 1 part dried milky oat tops

Instructions

  1. Purchase 4 oz. of each botanical.
  2. Place all of the dried tea in one container.
  3. Take 1 tbs. of the blended herbs to 3 cups of boiling water in a mason jar.
  4. Cover and steep for 8 hrs - overnight.
  5. Strain and add honey if you desire
  6. Safe while breastfeeding.
  7. Enjoy!
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Where do I purchase my dried herbs?

I like

When you purchase the botanicals, make sure you get

xo

Tara