A little of my story:
Married for almost 11 yrs, 2 ds now almost 6 and almost 4. Had PPD with both, much worse with 2nd. Homebirths, no vaccines, healthy eating, nursing, you know, all the good stuff. Wanting to maybe try for a 3rd or more, but terrified to ever be in that dark place again and can't do that to my hubby/family. On a quest to get some answers so maybe it would be possible to ttc again.
A little Find on Omega 3's:
An older mom of ten mentioned to me that each baby takes omega fatty acids from your brain, and then you become more and more depleted (which would explain why my midwife said that it usually just gets worse with each one) and this affects moods, other important things; and that when she started taking cod liver oil and borage oil together (to get complete omega's not just 3) it helped PMS to almost vanish and she never had PPD symptoms again (did this for 6 out of the 10 pregnancies). Curious to try this out, I took the max recommended doses on the bottles of oils daily and noticed feeling more relaxed and not anxious very quickly. That first month, my serious cramps, tense feelings, mood swings and bloating was non-existent. After that I took it only the week or so before I would experience usual PMS, and that seemed to be almost enough, only the occasional mild cramp or maybe one moody day instead of a whole week. Convinced now I severely lack these Omega Fatty Acids.
A link between colic and ppd?
went to a mothering conference a few weeks ago, got to talking with a mom having her 7th (how is it I get to talk to amazing ladies of large families for this stuff? weird!) She has been seeing a nutritionalist type dr (but not a naturopath) whose theory is that when a mom's kidney and liver is not functioning up to par, and then becomes pregnant, the mother's body actually draws from the baby's kidney's and liver (this sounded a little weird, but I know it can happen with calcium from teeth, so maybe) then after birth the baby's system is not functioning well thus the "colic" and digestion pain and constant screaming or inconsolable crying (which would explain why my ds colic would seem to get better when I took a lot of probiotics and mixed probiotics onto his bits of bananas when older). The colic symptoms would then make the ppd worse for the mother who is now not only depleted in kidney's etc. but hormones spikes/drops postpartum and with nursing would be exasperated by lack of sleep from an inconsolable baby.
Has ANYONE else tried sensible liver cleanse (supplement, tea, certain foods) and taking Omega-3 in conjunction, and found help for colicky babies or ppd? This is making a lot of sense to me, but so hard to find articles/research on the links to the real causes. Thanks for any replies in advance!