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#1 of 2 Old 11-17-2012, 10:20 AM - Thread Starter
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In the past I had some minor issues with depression.  Nothing I ever needed pharmaceuticals for but I was a lot better if I took 5-HTP.  I've been doing fine for several years with out anything.  Lately things have been pretty crazy and I'm feeling like I need some help.  I was doing ok until last week when some family problems broke the camel's back so to speak.  DH's impending job change is also not helping.

From the info I have found 5-HTP isn't recommended during pregnancy.  Is there anything else I can take during pregnancy?  I know things like yoga and what-not are good but I just feel like that's not enough right now.  Thanks.

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When I was pregnant with my first, my midwife suggest St. John's Wort. I think it takes 1-2 weeks to build up in your system before you truly begin to feel the effects. It's an herb, and safe to take during pregnancy, it's also non-habit forming. Tincture is best. Rainbow Light sells a chocolate flavor for those who can't stand taking strong tasting tinctures.

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