Top Herbs and Supplements for Postpartum Depression

Some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression.

Rarely, an extreme mood disorder called postpartum psychosis also may develop after childbirth.

Postpartum depression isn’t a character flaw or a weakness.

Sometimes it’s simply a complication of giving birth. If you have postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms and help you bond with your baby.

There are many ways to treat postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, including therapy, support groups, medications, rest, acupuncture, nutrition, help with domestic responsibilities, socializing with family and friends, and exercise.

In this post, we’ll focus on herbals and supplements to combat these disorders.

Herbs for treating Postpartum Depression include:

  • Vitex helps stimulate progesterone production and balance the hormonal cycle.
  • Motherwort and lemon balm can help with mood swings and emotional balance.
  • Skullcap, oats, and chamomile are tonic herbs for nerves and stress.
  • St. John’s wort (discuss with your physician about interactions with other medications)
  • A Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner may be able to recommend additional herbs.

Supplements for treating Postpartum Depression Include:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish oil, reduce inflammation and have been shown effective at preventing and treating depression.
  • Vitamin D or light therapy.
  • Calcium and magnesium
  • Folic acid through diet or in a vitamin
  • Kratom – Kratom is a natural aid to treat depression by creating feelings of positivity and well being. Find a list of reputable Kratom vendors via Genolevures.org.

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious about the many responsibilities of having a newborn.

Feelings of fatigue, crying, insomnia, anger, feelings of being alone, and the inability to concentrate are all typical of the “Baby Blues.”

They’re usually short-lived, lasting for a few weeks.

But if these or other bad feelings continue, or are more severe at any point after having a baby, you may have a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder, and it’s important to seek help from your health care provider.

Note:  If you are taking an anti-depressant or other prescription medications, be sure to discuss herbal use with your physician to prevent interactions. Before taking ANY herbs or supplements, always speak to your physician to see how it effects breast milk and interactions with other medications/your overall health.

**This information is provided for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice.  Please see your health care provider for medical care suited to your needs.

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Tips for Buying Baby Products for your Newborn

Expecting a baby is one of the most amazing things in the world. Many first-time mums get a bit nervous about preparing for when the baby comes. We are here to help you get rid of all the jitters and nerves. Today, we want to share a few important things that you need to buy your newborn baby.

Clothes

Your baby will need some clothes for the hospital and to leave the hospital. The important thing to remember is that your baby will grow very fast and won’t need too many pieces if newborn clothing. For tips on buying your baby clothes, read this article.

Diapers

You will need lots and lots of diapers. It is a good idea to start buying diapers from the second trimester. If you buy a bag of diapers every month for different ages, you will get a head start. Babies go through many diapers on a daily basis and you should be well-stocked.

Crib and Sheets

Your baby will need a safe place to sleep where they won’t roll out or fall out. A sturdy crib with high rails that can be shifted is a good buy. You will find many great options made from different materials. You can find the most amazing sheets of the softest fabrics to make your baby sleep peacefully.

Baby Tub

To safely bathe your baby, you will need some kind of baby tub. Non-slip and small enough for you to hold your newborn and safely bathe him or her is the best. Your newborn baby will not have a lot of strength and you will need to hold them and bathe them at the same time.

Bottles

Even when you’re breastfeeding you will need bottles as the baby gets older. You can pump milk to feed your baby at a later stage in the day. You will also need a bottle brush and the right cleaning products.

Wet Wipes

Wet wipes will also be handy. They can be used to clean up any mess and is also good for cleaning your baby’s bottom.

These basic things should get you a good start on baby supplies. Your newborn will be set and as you go along you can add things as you need them.

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