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.

P.S. Ready to learn more? Join The Present Momma group coaching here:https://courses.taragregorio.com/p/anxietyrelief2


References

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

 

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 Âł
  • 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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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 HealthÂą.
  • 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. Âą
  • However, 1 intact in each group was reported to be colicky, but there was no change in milk production and weight of the infants Âą
#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

Âą 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

Postpartum anxiety symptoms & treatment

Postpartum anxiety symptoms & treatment

 

After I had twins, there was a moment I remember. I was holding one of them, looking out the window and thinking; “I will never get to leave this house if I continue to breastfeed both of them.”

Soon thereafter, I stopped breastfeeding. But, that’s when insomnia kicked in. Then depression and anxiety.

Are you wondering if you have postpartum anxiety?

Here are 10 symptoms moms say they have when struggling with postpartum anxiety.

10 Postpartum Anxiety Symptoms

  • insomnia
  • heart palpitations
  • dizziness, light head
  • stomach issues
  • tight chest
  • shortness of breath
  • headache
  • sweating
  • can’t focus
  • crying spells

So, why does this happen and what can you do about it? That’s what we’re talking about today.

Why does postpartum anxiety happen? Here are 8 reasons..

insomnia; you haven’t slept in a while

    • postpartum adrenal fatigue
    • depleted vitamins and minerals {B vitamins}
    • unresolved trauma; from birth or before and you’ve been triggered
    • MTHFR gene or unable to detoxify estrogen from your body
    • lack of help and/or support
    • you’re feeling alone
    • your thyroid is off

 

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Watch this video to learn how to soothe anxiety naturally.

xo Tara