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What Every Mom ought to know about Postpartum Depression

What Every Mom ought to know about Postpartum Depression

Wondering if you have postpartum depression?

Watch these 5 videos, then grab your freebie below; The Postpartum Depression Relief Roadmap to recover from pregnancy faster.

xo

Tara

#1 Is it just the blues?

Postpartum Depression vs. The Baby Blues

#2 Look for these signs..

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#3 Blue or Depression, Start with these herbs

Alternatives to Medications for Postpartum Depression

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How to heal Postpartum Depression Naturally

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#5 What is EMDR and How can it help PPA & PPD

 

 

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.

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!
Grab this freebie to see the first steps in healing when you have PPD

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

St. John’s Wort while Breastfeeding

St. John’s Wort while Breastfeeding

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

It’s become the most popular alternative to pharmaceuticals for depression in Europe and the US, but is it safe while you breastfeeding?

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, What is it used for?

You can take SJW internally as a tincture or supplement for:

  • spinal injuries
  • sciatica
  • as an antiviral
  • for seasonal affective disorder
  • menopause
  • PMS
  • mild/moderate depression
  • and to decrease estrogen levels!

Of course, It takes a comprehensive approach to healing. So, you may need more than just one herb to heal PPD. Grab my freebie below to learn how!

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

Watch this video, then also check these 4 other things if you’re struggling with PPD or PPA.

  1. vitamin levels. Especially check your levels of Vitamin D & B12
  2. Have your thyroid checked
  3. Do you have “digestive issues”? Poor gut health has been associated with anxiety & depression
  4. And, are you stressed out? You may want to add adaptogens to help with the adrenal overload

Breastfeeding Herbs

When considering adding botanicals while nursing, you’ll want to look at these four factors.

#1 Herbal Safety

The lactation risk set by the Complete German Commission E. Monographs. Is the herb safe while nursing. There are 5 Categories

  • L1 safest or compatible
  • L2 safer
  • L3 moderately safe
  • L4 possible risk
  • L5 contraindicated

 

breastfeeding safety

#2 Monitor your infant for adverse symptoms

Always look for drowsiness, insomnia, irritability dry mouth, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation, and stop the botanical immediately when taking herbs while nursing.

#3 Your child’s age

Plus, Consider the age of your child as well, before adding any medications and/or supplement

  • Babies are most vulnerable to chemicals ingested by the mother if they are premies
  • By the age of 2 weeks, however, the liver is able to metabolize ingested medications
  • But, they are fully capable of ingesting chemicals/botanicals by 4-5 months as their liver function is more ideal {keep in mind if your child was underweight or a premie}

1% of the maternal dose of any medication will enter the milk and with some exceptions up to 10%

#4 Do you or your child’s father have allergies?

If you or your child’s father has allergies, you’ll want to avoid these botanicals until your child is older. The most common allergen is Chamomile.

 

Is St. John’s Wort Safe While Breastfeeding?

  • St. John’s Wort is considered a Level 2/3 by the German Commission E.; which is Safer/Moderately safe
  • 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

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.

  • However, 1 intact in each group was reported to be colicky
  • But there was no change in milk production and weight of the infants

Who should avoid St. John’s Wort?

  • SJW is contraindicated if you’re taking SSRIs or MAOIs- a class of medication used to treat depression

Summarize

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.
  • Keep in mind, it takes a comprehensive approach to overcome postpartum depression.

Ashwagandha vs St. John’s Wort

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

 

P.S. Want to know how I recovered from PPD naturally? Grab your FREE roadmap

 

References:

  • ₁ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16566628/#:~:text=The%20only%20existing%20report%20on,John’s%20wort.
  • Romm, Aviva; Botanicals Medicine for Women’s Health pg 887
  • https://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/meds/lactation_risk_cat/https://www.infantrisk.com/content/drug-entry-human-milk
9 Postpartum Sins & How to Rectify Them

9 Postpartum Sins & How to Rectify Them

Wouldn’t it be great, if our postpartum care was as wonderful as prenatal care?

Think about it.

You get a bajillion prenatal appointments and ONE postnatal.

I’m on a mission to help moms recover from pregnancy faster.

Here is how you can heal quicker.

Postpartum Recovery

#1 Ask for Help

The transition into motherhood is not easy. Ask for help.

#2 Take supplements

Your body just went through the most miraculous event in your life.

You need to nourish your body.

Postpartum women need iron, vitamins, digestive enzymes, EFA’s, and probiotics to restore their gastrointestinal flora.

Watch this video to see the must-have supplements after birth.

Essential fatty acid supplementation (1-3 g/day combined EPA and DHA) and adequate cold water fish consumption during pregnancy and during the postpartum period may prevent or alleviate postpartum depression. ¹

#3 Improve your diet

Coffee in the morning and lunch and wine to wind down later {after breastfeeding of course!}. Your body is on a sugar roller coaster ride. I know this because this was me!

Try eating a little fat and protein at each meal and increasing your fruits and vegetables as much as you can to flush out the toxins.

#4 Skip the wine & beer

  • Do you believe beer is going to help you increase your milk supply?
  • Or.. that wine will help you relax?
  • It may be true, but the side effects are many. Including, a disrupted sleep six hours after your glass of wine. And, anxiety!!
  • Skip the alcohol and drink herbal teas of chamomile, lavender, and stinging nettles to soothe your stress and recover faster.

 

#5 Take Adaptogens

  • Adaptogens are a category of herbs that help you adapt to stress.
  • These herbs help the body modulate stress, reduce anxiety, and ease insomnia.
  • Grab this free roadmap to see how to heal after birth with natural remedies 👇

 

#6 Meet with a pelvic floor physical therapist

  • Have you been checked for diastasis recti?
  • Is your pelvic floor functioning correctly?
  • Unfortunately, most doctors don’t know how to check for this.

Watch this video to see if you have diastasis recti

#7 Have your thyroid checked

  • Your thyroid can become hyperthyroid two to four months after birth and then hypothyroid for two to eight weeks.
  • Isn’t that crazy?
  • I treated my self for hyperthyroid with botanicals, but I would have loved to have a proper diagnosis. Dr. Aviva Romm discusses your postpartum thyroid here.

#8 Wait to go back to work

  • If you can!
  • In most cultures, the new mom is encouraged to rest for forty days. The family helps with food and caring for the newborn. The mom is invited to sleep and relax.
  • Again, this was not my experience.
  • The worries of the new business, the stress of not sleeping, and the never-ending crying of babies were exhausting.
  • If I were to do it again, I would have planned better to be able to step away from my business and ask for help.

#9 Hire a postpartum doula

  • Postpartum doulas are known as the “must-have” accessory for new moms.
  • They help new moms with the caring of the child so that would we can trust our inner momma instincts.
  • They also may help with light housekeeping and meal preparation.

I breastfed both of my kids for three weeks, and then I looked in the mirror and thought, I am never going to get out of the house if this doesn’t change.

That night at 3:00 am I ordered formula and The Baby Whisperer on my phone. The next day Mario ate 5oz. of formula and slept seven hours! I would have loved for someone to tell me it’s ok to give your kids formula!

  • Katherine Whiteside runs a free infant support group at the local libraries, in Garrison, NY area.
  • Sign up for Linda’s Ladies breastfeeding support group for postpartum questions and support.

Conclusion

If you’re still struggling after birth, know that you are not alone. It can take years for your body to recover. The fastest way to recover would be to address your health now.

Can you change your diet? Add in supplements? Ask for help? When you feel good, your whole family will feel the difference.

I hope some of these tips help you survive the chaos of raising little ones.

Warmly~

Tara

P.S. Are you struggling with postpartum? Grab this FREE roadmap to help you overcome PPD & PPA naturally.


References:

  • ¹Romm, Aiva; Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health
  • ²Hale, Thomas; Medications and mothers milk 2017
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