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#1 of 5 Old 01-13-2005, 07:24 PM - Thread Starter
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Has anyone found something (or things) that works?
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#2 of 5 Old 01-13-2005, 10:27 PM
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I just posted this same question earlier today! I have not gotten a response yet, but through my own research I'm finding that Saint John's Wort might be a good option. However, I'm trying to conceive #2 and it is recommended not to use it during preg/nursing. I'll keep looking to see if we get a reply. GL.
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A spray bottle with Lavender and Peppermint (I love it and it's helped me!) However, I'm not sure if both are ok to use when preg. Might need to check on that. Spray it in a room and relax.

Kava kava: Consult with a healthcare professional before taking this product if you are pregnant, nursing a baby or taking any prescription medications

Ginkgo biloba


If you eat fish - Eat salmon. The heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and other oily cold-water fish may also improve symptoms of depression.

Limit caffeine. Addiction to coffee, caffeinated sodas, and other forms of caffeine can interfere with normal moods and make depression worse.

This breathing exercise helped me with Anxiety:

Breathing Exercise
Read through this exercise first and then try it on your own.

Sit back in your seat.

Close your eyes.

Take a deep breath.

Breathe again.

Now make your hands comfortable, while keeping your eyes closed. You have a choice of any comfortable hand position. We suggest one of the following three positions:

***One hand on your belly, one on your chest (this is what I use)

Palms of hands on your knees

Hands folded in your lap

Now sit back, feet on the floor, hands comfortable.

Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose.

Feel your stomach expand as your lungs fill with air.

Now exhale through your mouth to the count of five.


Repeat while inhaling through the nose and exhaling through your mouth and slowly count to five.

Again, in through your nose and out through your mouth counting to five.

This kind of breathing is called diaphragmatic breathing. It means to breath from the depths of your belly, rather than from your chest and nose.

Sit and enjoy the calmness for a few minutes.

By putting your hand on your belly you can feel it move up and down if you're breathing properly.
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Check out omegabrite dot com... good information about omega 3s- I like their stuff.

Also- be the best mom to yourself that you can be. Only use your most supportive, understanding voice in your head. Don't say it to yourself if you wouldn't say it to your kid or your best friend. No excessive guilt, beating yourself up, going over and over stuff you can't change. If people could do this me and all the drug companies could go out of business.

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