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Just wanted to see if anyone has advice on herbal or homeopathic remedies for preventing post partum depression. This will be my third baby, and the other two I had PPD for about 5 to 6 weeks. Not extreme, but definetely beyond just the regular baby blues. I heard about the estrogen patch being used but the midwife I'm seeing wont let me use it because she believes it can lower your milk supply, though I have read and heard otherwise. She adviced going on anti depressent drugs, but I'm not to keen on that. Please leave your input, thanks!
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this may be moved to another section - just to warn you if you can't find it

I have heard DHA - fish oil is good
http://depression.about.com/cs/babyb...postpartum.htm

I am going to try it, last time I went on medication while nursing - I can't remember which one - zoloft I think. It was fine, DD was fine, I was on it about 1 1/2 years and nursed DD until she was 3.

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vitamin D3 and very good Omega supplements can help greatly!

Also, ensuring you are eating enough protein and carbs (good carbs not junk lol) throughout the day, eating something small every 2 hours and lots of water all help.

Feel better!!! I've had PPD twice and am hoping that I won't deal with it again this time. I'm taking 10,000iu of vitamin D3 and planning to consume the placenta after birth in hopes of keeping it away, or at least lessening it's severity!

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First make sure to have your thyroid checked postpartum. All women are at risk of postpartum thyroid issues but you are at particular risk if you already have thyroid disease or have a family history of it. It is important to have your thyroid checked more than once as a single test might be a snap shot of your levels as you are on your way to high or low ones. I had a pp thyroid crash with my first baby and my caregiver completely missed the diagnosis. For the second one I had my endocronologist give me a stack of scripts so that I could go in for the test monthly.

Second, I would save your placenta after the birth, cut it into small pieces, freeze it and use a piece as needed either straight up or in a placenta smoothie (see recipes online). You could pay to have it encapsulated but my thoughts are that the less you do to it the better in terms of not destroying the beneficial properties. Ditto with cooking it.

Third - set up your birth situation (caregiver and location) to allow for the best chance for an empowering birth. A bad birth experience can definitely cause/contribute to ppd and even an average, uneventful, standard hospital birth can be very disempowering. Let me know if you'd like a copy of my Spectrum of Caregiver Choices that illustrates the range of birth location and caregiver options available to birthing women and how your choices impact the type of care you receive. I also have the 2009 Maryland hospital cesarean rates.

I looked into the estrogen patch and found mixed reports. I had someone do a search for me in medical journals and she couldn't find any proof of its effectiveness. I know that there are area midwives who use it regularly for their clients however and so a consult with them might yield information reagarding the risks of it affecting breastmilk supply. Email me if you need their contact info.

Lining up a counselor who is experienced with ppd in advance of giving birth may be a good idea so that you aren't making phone calls to find someone once you are already pp and depressed. I wonder if acupunture might help as well? How about your parents or in-laws paying for a postpartum doula to help you get rest during that time? Our culture here in the US really sucks at taking care of postpartum moms compared to what happens in some other countries.

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Thank you all for the info. Barbara, I have read a lot about the benefits of consuming the placenta. Do you know if there is any issues with taking the placenta home after birth in a hospital? I will be birthing with Kathy Slone and Associates at Mercy.
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My OB (who does bioidentical hormone balancing) give a progesterone shot and his patients report feeling better within hours. He told me that since I had a progesterone deficiency before getting PG and have to supplement to STAY pregnant, I should be on the lookout for PPD and call if I need help.
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As a mom who suffers from PPD, I HIGHLY recommend placental encapsulation. If you can consume it another way, go for it. For me the capsules where easier to deal with. Best wishes.
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Just wanted to see if anyone has advice on herbal or homeopathic remedies for preventing post partum depression. This will be my third baby, and the other two I had PPD for about 5 to 6 weeks. Not extreme, but definetely beyond just the regular baby blues. I heard about the estrogen patch being used but the midwife I'm seeing wont let me use it because she believes it can lower your milk supply, though I have read and heard otherwise. She adviced going on anti depressent drugs, but I'm not to keen on that. Please leave your input, thanks!
I have pretty bad PPD - tried Zoloft, didn't like my reaction and was concerned about nursing. For about a month, I have been on mega doses of Omega 3-6-9, SAM-E, Vitamin D3, and prenatal - It's helped tremendously!

good luck!
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I am expecting in #2 in a few short weeks and was worried about the same thing. In fact, I felt like I was going into a prenatal depression. My son's pediatrician, Dr. Sears, recommended homeopathic remedy, Ignatia Amara and Bach Flower Remedy, Walnut Oil. I have been taking both for the past 3 weeks and am feeling much more even and steady.
Also, an herbalist friend of mine recommended fish oil and St. John's Wort.
Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. I feel for you and wish you the best!
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Hi,

 

 I seem to be having some type of PPD/PPA and tried Zoloft yesterday for the first time.  Let's just say I hated it and am now looking for an alternative.  How did the cocktail of vitamins work out for you in the end?  Did it help you stay med free?  I'm hoping I can find something that will help me ride this out without having to go on prescription meds.  Also can you please tell me how much of each you took?

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I visited a homeopath to help with PPD for my third baby and rhus tox was helpful for my constant fight with mild mastitis, restlessnes and anxiousness.

I had PPD quite bad with my first and my acupuncturist suggested placenta encapsulation, which definately helped but I was too queesy during my second to use the pills again. I did find Sepia (30ch daily or 200ch weekly) really helped me but as it is quite specific to the symptoms I found this information on truestarhealth.com (http://www.truestarhealth.com/Notes/2249001.html) that helped. At the end, suggestions are given on how to find a remedy as it may be hit and miss, that is why it's good to see a homeopath.

Thinking about all you mamas out there early in the morning nursing and taking children to the potty.  i know I'm not alone!

In Love and light!

 

Arsenicum album: A woman who needs this remedy feels extremely insecure about her situation, wanting constant help and support. She can be extremely picky and controlling toward others—or seem very restless, yet exhausted and incapable. Women who need Arsenicum sometimes feel despair from insecurity, with thoughts that deeply frighten them.

Aurum metallicum: When this remedy is indicated, depression can be dark and despairing. The woman may feel worthless and see little point in life. Problems may be worse at night, or when weather is dark and days are short. Women troubled by depression in the past (not necessarily related to pregnancy) are often likely to respond to Aurum. Professional help is needed if depression is severe.

Calcarea carbonica: This remedy can be helpful to a woman who is overwhelmed by working too hard and taking on too much responsibility. Weakness and fatigue make her feel depressed. Anxiety, insomnia, and nightmares may develop. A person who needs this remedy often feels sluggish, cold, and easily tired by exercise.

Cimicifuga: This remedy is often useful when a woman is depressed for both emotional and hormonal reasons. She may feel “a dark cloud” has crept over her life and that everything is wrong. Extremely anxious and gloomy, she may start to think herself incapable of caring for the baby—or she may become excitable and talkative, saying and doing irrational things.

Ignatia: This remedy often is helpful if a mother feels tense, upset, or grief-stricken after childbirth. The grief may be based on an actual loss (for instance, the baby may have health problems)— but often occurs if the birth was difficult, and not as beautiful as she imagined. Defensiveness, hysterical behavior, sighing, sudden outbursts of tears or laughter, and insomnia are often seen when this remedy is needed.

Natrum muriaticum: This remedy can be helpful to a woman who feels sad and sensitive, and wants to be alone to cry. She may be brooding and withdrawn, anxious about her mothering abilities, or doubtful and discouraged about her relationship with the baby’s father or other family members. Despite her sadness, she may seem angry or offended if anyone tries to console her. Women who need this remedy may also have headaches or palpitations when depressed.

Phosphorus: A woman who needs this remedy has an active imagination with tremendous fear—thinking of every possible danger or misfortune that might occur. She is very worried that she won’t be able to cope if something happens, and terrified that harm might come to the baby, wanting constant company and feeling afraid to be alone. A woman who needs this remedy may also have a tendency toward easy bleeding and exhaustion, which may have added to her fear and nervousness.

Pulsatilla: This remedy is often indicated for women who are emotional, tearful, and sensitive in situations involving hormonal changes. The woman may feel extremely insecure and needy—wanting constant affection, reassurance, and nurturing. She is likely to feel worse when warm and in a stuffy rooms, improving after crying and from being out in open air.

Sepia: This remedy may be helpful to a mother who feels worn out and indifferent after childbirth, and does not want other people making demands or expecting anything of her. She may have trouble bonding with the baby, and may not even want to have it close to her. Most women who need this remedy feel resentful and overburdened (though some only feel exhausted, irritable, and sad). A feeling that the pelvic floor is weak or that the uterus is sagging are other indications for Sepia.

Homeopathy Dosage Directions

Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.

If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

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Mama, do you want to post a link to this thread in the PPD section? You've gotten a bunch of good answers already but you may get more if you post there instead of the tribal section. We could also move this thread for you if you want. Let us know and good luck with your search! 


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Here is the forum: http://www.mothering.com/community/f/28/postpartum-depression


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