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What if you could STOP postpartum depression fast?

Your body has just been through one of the biggest events of your life.

And you’re expected to INSTANTLY recover.

Isn’t that crazy?

I suffered from PPD for twenty-six long months – Let’s fix this.

Postpartum depression is the thief that steals motherhood. – Cheryl Tatano Beck

Although I endured much great suffering, I vowed to myself to figure this out.

I enrolled to become a women’s herbal educator with Dr. Aviva Romm, to find out how to heal myself without medication.

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In this post, I’ll share what I’ve learned about PPD and how you can prevent it now or with your next pregnancy.

How does Postpartum Depression (PPD) happen?

The cause of PPD remains unknown, but some suggest reasons are…

  • The rapid changes in hormones during the postpartum period
  • Thyroid insufficiency (The thyroid can go from Hyperthyroid to Hypothyroidism 2-5 months after birth)
  • A rapid drop in insulin levels
  • Inadequate vitamins & minerals
  • Mother-child separation and negative birth experience
  • Lack of social and emotional support
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Your gut health
You don't need more medication for postpartum depression, you need deep nourishment. - Tara Gregorio Click To Tweet

When does Postpartum Depression start?

Postpartum depression starts 2- 3 weeks after birth and can last up to a year or longer.

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8 Tips To Prevent Postpartum Depression

#1 Ask for help!

  • As my girlfriend has said: “You are becoming “superwoman”. And, superwoman would ask for help.
  • It is “ok” if you can’t do this by yourself, call someone today!
  • Please, ask your friends and family for help– they want to help you.

#2 Talk about PPD with everyone

#3 Get adequate rest

  • Sleep deprivation is real – especially if you’re a mom of multiples!
  • Ask someone to watch the kids, sleep, and rest.
  • The house will be a mess, let it be.
  • You need to restore your health.

#4 Optimize nutrition

  • It has been suggested women are lacking valuable nutrients during the postpartum period.
  • When I opened my eyes after childbirth, it looked like a war zone! So much blood.
  • With that amount of blood loss, I had to restore my body with valuable vitamins.

The 6 must-have Postpartum Supplements

    1. Essential Fatty Acids – important for a healthy nervous system.  It is recommended to supplement with 1-3 g/day of fish oil with DHA and EPA to reduce depression.
    2. B vitamins – needed for the growth of red blood cells, energy levels, and proper nerve function
    3. Zinc – known to boost immunity, reduce viral illnesses, and aid gut health,  add Zinc to your diet to restore your overall health.
    4. Iron – A mineral vital to the proper function of hemoglobin, a protein needed to transport oxygen in the blood. Liver and red meat are the #1 sources of iron.  If you are anemic, you can add in Floradix; a non-constipating, herbal iron supplement.
    5. Probiotics – If you’ve had a C-section or digestive issues, adding a probiotic 2-3 months after birth can help your body AND also reduce allergies in your child’s health. I like Klair probiotics. 
    6. Magnesium – to soothe anxiety and reduce constipation

#5 Eat often to prevent insulin drops

  • Low blood sugar, can have a dramatic effect on your mood.  Add healthy fat and protein with each meal.postpartumdepression

#6 Incorporate botanicals to soothe anxiety

  • Your anxiety & depression matters and it’s not going away anytime soon!
  • Learn how to use herbs when your breastfeeding, to make life easier.
    • Look for Class 1 botanicals to use if you’re breastfeeding to soothe anxiety and boost your energy.  {Pin the image!}
    • A cup of Chamomile and Lemon Balm tea with a tincture of motherwort can do wonders for your stress.

Herbs for depression

  • Consider incorporating St. John’s wort if you feel comfortable.  Watch this video to learn how you can add it in safely:

#7 Add adaptogens to ease sleep deprivation

#8 Integrate medications when necessary

{Please contact an emergency hotline if you are having suicidal thoughts for yourself or your children}
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Is postpartum depression, baby blues?

  • There is a difference between Baby blues and postpartum depression.
  • Baby blues are considered “normal” postnatal hormonal adjustments.
  • It begins day 3-4 and lasts up to 14 days. Symptoms include crying, irritability, fatigue, and anxiety.
The key difference between baby blues and postpartum depression? Baby blues are punctuated with periods of elation or happiness and postpartum depression is not. Click To Tweet

 

When does postpartum depression start?

  • PPD can begin 2-3 weeks postpartum and can last up to a year or longer.
  • Symptoms include agitation, anxiety and panic attacks, confusion, despair, guilt, hopelessness, loneliness, nightmares, thoughts of hurting oneself or the baby.
  • There are no punctuations of happiness or elation.

Where do you go for Postpartum Depression support?

Contact: Postpartum Support International

They note:

“You can also contact our warmline directly and speak to a volunteer who will provide support, information, and resources where you live. Leave a message on our warmline 1.800.944.4773, and one of our volunteers will call you back asap. Calls are returned within 24 hours, and typically within a few hours of your request. If you are in crisis or need more immediate help…please call 911 or call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.”

Conclusion

I believe postpartum depression can be reduced when you begin nourishing your body with a healthy diet, supplements, botanicals, community, and healthy mindset shifts.

It’s ok to ask for help.  You are not broken.

And.. when you overcome this, you will be stronger than you were before.

Sending you love

Tara


  • Romm, Aviva: Botanicals Medicine For Women’s Health
  • Fallon, Sally: Nourishing Traditions

 

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