I am going off meds for pg. I worry about PPD.
Anyone useing homeopathy to control/treat/handle PPD???
Also what about homeopathy and BFing.
Take extra B vitamins -- especially 6 and 12. Take extra Zinc if you suffer from anxiety. Add flax seed oil. St. Johns Wort isn't recommended during pg or bfing, though it is a common natural substitute for ssri's.
Talk to your doctor and they should be able to give you some ideas.
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What is it?? It is a pill, or a program? Is it a herb or a homopathic thing? Is it a suplment, or a medication?
What is it and how do you use it?
Overall, I'm really impressed with the difference homeopathics and the herbs have made!!! I would highly recommend trying them.
Where does it say St. John's Wort isn't safe for bfing?
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Regarding homeopathics, I know a lot of people have good results with sepia. It's good for depression that has an anxiety and/or anger part. I don't generally respond to sepia (despite my anxiety/anger, LOL!) but I tend to respond well to pulsatilla at times when I'm really feeling forlorn. Bach's Rescue Remedy isn't homeopathic, but is another product that helps me.
Great nutrition is important, also. Be sure to take high-quality prenatal multivitamins, something like Rainbow Light or Vitanica. Adding fish oil is great. Make sure you get a brand that screens for metals (Carlson's is one brand that's supposed to do so). Also flax seed oil. Ample protein during pregnancy is extremely important, and if you don't get enough you'll crave sweets, which has a bad effect on depression! There is some debate about how much protein, but generally at least 75 grams is recommended (unless you are a longtime vegetarian, in which case you may get by on a minimum of ~60-65).
P.S. I just wanted to add that I saw my nurse practitioner the other day to discuss pregnancy and antidepressants, and she said that she does not consider St. John's Wort safe during pregnancy. She is knowledgeable about alternative treatments and thought I should continue taking some SJW in order to keep my dose of Lexapro low, so she definitely isn't anti-herbals. She just feels that the risk of Lexapro during pregnancy is much lower than SJW (plus Lexapro is way more effective for me).
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