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

REFERENCES

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

Ashwagandha vs St. John’s Wort

Ashwagandha vs St. John’s Wort

Wondering if you should be taking Ashwagandha or St. John’s Wort for postpartum depression {PPD} and anxiety?

One of the biggest mistakes I made when I had PPD was just taking one herbal tincture at a time.

You need a COMBINATION of botanicals when you’re struggling with depression and/or anxiety.

But, wait. Don’t overdo it.

Finding a supplement that combines BOTH herbs would be best, rather than taking the full dosing of each herb alone; especially if you’re breastfeeding.

So, let’s dive in.

What are the benefits of Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha Benefits

Known to give you the strength of stallions, It’s an adaptogen, mild sedative, pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory.

  • It’s considered safe for breastfeeding. Lactation Category C or compatible with breastfeeding by Mills & Bones ³
  • It can re-regulate the thyroid & adrenal glands {a common concern postpartum}
  • It’s effective in helping if you have anxiety, fatigue, cloudy thinking, and insomnia
  • It’s rich in iron and can be used to treat iron deficiency when taken as a powder * see below
  • It can relieve muscle pain and cloudy thinking
  • Dosing
    • Take 4-10 ml a day for acute pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, tired and wired, hypothyroidism, PMS, postpartum depression & stress
  • Keep in mind, it’s not to be used during pregnancy, and caution if you’re taking medications
  • Watch this video as I discuss the difference between Ashwagandha and St. John’s Wort

Is Ashwagandha safe while Breastfeeding?

  • It’s considered a Level1 botanical if you’re breastfeeding. Yes, it’s safe!
  • Read this post to learn more

Ashwagandha while breastfeeding

St. John’s Wort for PPD

  • Known as the #1 natural antidepressant
  • It’s also antiviral {herpes}, nervines, can be used topically as well as a vulnerably

Use St. John’s Wort for:

  • chronic pelvic pain
  • endometriosis
  • insomnia
  • PMS
  • perimenopause
  • vulvovaginitis
  • topically cracked nipples and perineum – Just make sure you wipe it off before breastfeeding!
  • But, if you’re taking SSRIs or other medications it is the #1 herb/drug interaction so please consult your doctor before taking

St. John’s Wort and Postpartum Depression

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Is St. John’s Wort safe while Breastfeeding?

  • The German Commission E Considers it an L2/3 while breastfeeding, but there are no known contraindications
  • >>In one Study; Hyperforin was detected in low concentrations in the breast milk of moms who took 300mg of SJW 3xday starting 5 months Postpartum for Postpartum Depression and no adverse effects were found
  • Watch this video as I explain more..

What is St. John’s Wort good for?

  • good for mild/moderate depression
  • Keep in mind, that it’s not to be used during pregnancy

In Summary

Ashwagandha is more of an adaptogen and is considered safer to take while breastfeeding, take it daily to prevent postpartum depression & anxiety.

St. John’s Wort {SJW} is more for depression, baby blues, and even monthly depression.

One additional benefit is SJW, which may increase the breakdown of estrogen and therefore may boost progesterone levels – which may be affecting your sleep and postpartum recovery.

How do you know your progesterone levels are low?

  • you may experience irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and depression

xo

Tara

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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.

The ONE daily tea

 

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

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.

Want to get started?

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

 

St. John’s Wort while breastfeeding

St. John’s Wort while breastfeeding

Are you considering St. John’s Wort {SJW} for postpartum depression?

Even though It’s become the most popular alternative to pharmaceuticals for depression in Europe and the US, it’s so much more than the “depression herb”.

Let’s dive in.

Here’s my promise to you, by the end of this post you’ll understand the risk/benefit ratio and determine if SJW is right for you and the ONE person who should not take St. john’s wort.

St. John’s Wort can be useful for some types of depression, but it also has great benefits for anxiety, grief, melancholia, estrogen clearance, and numbness due to nerve pains and/or damage.

But, Is St. John’s Wort Safe While Breastfeeding?

Here are three References

#1 St. John’s Wort is considered a Level 2/3 by the German Commission E. in Dr. Aviva Romms Book; Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health¹.
  • What does that mean?
    • L2: Safer; Limited studies demonstrated, but no increased risk
    • L3: Moderately Safe; No controlled studies in breastfeeding women or controlled studies demonstrate minimal adverse effects
      • There are limited studies that show no increased risk in the child’s health. Many studies have been flawed due to the poor use of extracts or questionable preparation of the product.

:: In one study, women ingested 300 mg of St. John’s Wort a day and low levels of hyperforin were detected in breastmilk, however, no constitutes of the herbs was detectable in the babies plasma and no adverse effects were observed in either. Source

#2 Lactation and medication expert Thomas Hale & Hilary Rowe authors of Medications and Mothers milk suggest transfer to milk are minimal and it appears to be safe during lactation. ¹
  • However, 1 intact in each group was reported to be colicky, but there was no change in milk production and weight of the infants ¹
#3 The essential guide to herbal safety by Mills & Bones considers St. John’s Wort a Lactation Category CC. Compatible with breastfeeding, but use caution. ²
  • It appears the most common side effects would be colic, drowsiness, and lethargy giving the mother a signal to stop taking the botanical

And, keep in mind.. a small percentage of women have an increase in depression when they take St. John’s Wort.

So, if you notice any adverse effects, stop taking the supplement or tincture.

 

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St. John’s Wort Dosing

Personally, I prefer to take SJW as a tincture.

I like to test one herb at a time. Then, when I feel comfortable, I like to use a combined tincture of SJW and nervines to soothe the nervous system.

  • Tincture Dosing: 40-60 drops; 3-4x day
  • Capsules: 300- 350mg of standardized extract 3x day {0-3% total hypericin}

St. John’s Wort Postpartum Benefits

Internally, you can take St. John’s Wort as a tincture or supplement for:

  • sciatica
  • as an antiviral to reduce cold symptoms
  • seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • menopause
  • Monthly PMS blues
  • mild/moderate depression
  • ** My favorite reason to take SJW is for detoxification to reduce excessive estrogen levels and to reduce PMS & PMDD

Externally, it has many benefits as well.

When you place the flowers St. John’s Wort in oil, it turns red. Use this oil externally/topically for:

  • spinal/ nerve injuries due to childbirth
  • vulvodynia (vaginal pain)
  • also for first-degree burns, bruises, bites, and puncture wounds

Can you take St. John’s Wort for Postpartum depression?

Who should avoid St. John’s Wort?

SJW is well-known for enhancing liver detoxification, which reduces the blood flow of many medications.

  • Anyone taking the following medications should skip SJW for now
    • Avoid St. John’s Wort if you’re taking warfarin, digoxin, protease inhibitors, organ transplant antirejection drugs, or chemotherapy
    • Use caution with oral contraception
    • Use under a physicians supervision if you’re taking antidepressants
  • In large doses, you may notice photosensitivity to sunlight and want to avoid this
  • It’s also contraindicated during pregnancy, however, safety studies are lacking

In short…

St. john’s wort can be used during breastfeeding when you purchase a standardized product from a reputable company. Standardization of the herb is to guarantee that the consumer is getting a product in which the chemistry is consistent from batch to batch.

  • Look for 300 mg 3x day to decrease postpartum depression and watch for adverse effects like colic, lethargy, and an increase in depression in mom.
  • Keep in mind, it takes a comprehensive approach to overcome postpartum depression and this is just one part of the puzzle.
  • Nervines are also needed to soothe the nervous system after childbirth.

Ashwagandha vs St. John’s Wort

Can’t decide where to begin? Watch this video.

xo

Tara

 

References:

References

¹ Romm, Aviva; Botanicals Medicine for Women’s Health pg 887 ²Mills & Bones: The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety Hale & Rowe; Medications & Mother’s Milk https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16566628/#:~:text=The%20only%20existing%20report%20on,John’s%20wort. https://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/meds/lactation_risk_cat/https://www.infantrisk.com/content/drug-entry-human-milk
Warning! 5 Signs you have postpartum depression

Warning! 5 Signs you have postpartum depression

Wondering if you’re experiencing postpartum depression?

In this post and video, we’ll discuss the five signs that may show you may have Postpartum Depression, why this happens, and then the 5 things to check before taking anxiety medications.

What are the signs of Postpartum Depression?

  1. It typically begins 2-3 weeks after childbirth and lasts up to a year or longer
  2. There is a feeling of hopelessness
  3. no empathy or punctuations of happiness
  4. you may have anger, insomnia, and anxiety
  5. One key point, you may have suicidal thoughts for yourself or your child. **If you’re having these, please call the suicidal hotline.

Postpartum Depression Quiz

Take this FREE test to see the severity of your depression

Watch this video to listen in on the 5 signs of Postpartum Depression

What do you check before taking medication?

Ask your doctor to check these 5 things first

Get checked for:

  1. Iron deficiency anemia
  2. Vitamin D levels
  3. Vitamin Bs especially B12
  4. Thyroid levels; you can go from hyperthyroid to hypothyroid in a matter of months
  5. and Gut inflammation!

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Is it Postpartum Depression or The Baby Blues?

Watch this video as I describe my experience and how to decide if you need to reach out for help.

If you’re struggling, know there is hope. Even if you need medication for a bit, start with vitamins, minerals, a good diet, and nourishing self-care techniques to begin your healing.

xoxo

Tara