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.