The process of giving birth is happy moment for many mothers but there are some cases when it can result in something you may not expect and that it is depression. Many new mothers are experiencing baby blues which are including anxiety, mood swings, difficulty sleeping and crying spells. But the postpartum depression is more severe and long – lasting form of depression. The specific cause for postpartum depression is not clear but in studies are said that some of the possible causes for postpartum depression can be psychosocial stressors, biological vulnerability and hormonal fluctuation. Postpartum depression can have many symptoms, such as inability to sleep or sleeping too much; depressed mood or severe mood swings; loss of appetite or eating much more than usual; excessive crying; withdrawing from family and friends; difficulty bonding with your baby; fear that you are not a good mother; intense irritability and anger etc. There are some factors which can increase your risk of getting postpartum depression, such as you have difficulty breast – feeding; you have a history of depression, either during pregnancy or at other times; your baby has health problems or other special needs; you have bipolar disorder; you have experienced stressful events during the past year, such as illness, job loss or pregnancy complications; you have a weak support system; the pregnancy was unwanted or unplanned; you have financial problems etc. You need to talk with your doctor which is the best natural treatment for your postpartum depression. Do not take these home remedies on your own.
Here are some home remedies for postpartum depression:
Avoid isolation: There are many women who may be tempted to keep the feelings for their selves, especially if they are naturally reserved people. You should talk with your partner, family and friends about how you are feeling. This can be helpful for you. You will find out that you are not alone and that other are willing to listen. Also you should ask other mothers about their experiences. When you will break the isolation, then it can help you to feel human again.
Exercise: There are some studies in which are said that women who use exercise as their natural treatment for postpartum depression have noticed antidepressant effects. It is known that the exercise is therapeutic and natural treatment for women who have shown signs of depression after they gave birth. There was one study in 2008 in which was examined the effectiveness of an exercise support program on reducing depression symptoms childbirth. In this study 18 women have participated and they were allowed to either the control group (who received standard care) or the intervention group (who received exercise support) at six weeks postpartum. The exercise which was used consisted of one hour per week at the hospital and two sessions at home for three months. In this study was found that the group which has received the exercise program was less likely to have high depression scores after the childbirth compared with women who did not received the exercise support program. It was concluded that exercise benefited the psychological well – being of women.
Natural cures for postpartum depression
Vitamin D: When there is Vitamin D deficiency, then it can trigger the depression. It is very important to get enough Vitamin D during yourpregnancy because your body is more vulnerable than ever after childbirth. One of the best ways to get the Vitamin D is to stay out in the sun for fifteen to twenty minutes. It is recommended to stay out before 10am and after 3pm because in this way you will not absorb the harmful UV rays that are at their peak between 10am and 3pm). If you are busy and you cannot go out in the sun between these ours, then you can take Vitamin D supplements. Talk with your gynecologist about the recommended dosage. The most prenatal supplements are having at least 1000 IU of Vitamin D in them. Also you can add foods that are high in Vitamin D in your diet, such as mushroom, cheese, oyster, fatty fish and egg yolk.
Massage therapy: The long – term effects of the massage have not been studied but there are some studies in which are said that the massage therapy can offer short – term improvements in the stress and mood in postpartum period. The combination of aromatherapy and massage can be helpful in addressing some of the symptoms associated with postpartum depression.
Vitamin B complex: It is known fact that the Vitamin B deficiency, especially Vitamin B12 (cobalamin), Vitamin B9 (folate) and Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) have been linked to depression. Many women are not getting enough of these vitamins, especially vegans tend to be deficient in Vitamin B12 so this is a reason why women should take food based supplements. This will prevent and treat postnatal depression. B vitamins are maintaining your nervous system and you can function at normal levels. You should consume foods that are rich in B Vitamins, such as organic grass – fed red meat, lentils, dark green leafy vegetables, oranges, cheese, clam, eggs, nutritional yeast, blackstrap molasses, fish, seeds, nuts and whole grains. Also you can take organic food based supplements.
Rest and relax: The spirit and body need a good night’s sleep. If you baby is not sleeping for long periods, then you should find someone to care for your baby so you can sleep. If you have trouble with sleeping, then you should try reading a good book, taking a hot bath or whatever helps you relax. The massage and meditation can ease the tension and they can fall you asleep.
Omega 3 fatty acids: This home remedy is known as brain food. This means that your body needs a healthy dose of Omega 3 fatty acids to function properly. A lack of Omega 3 fatty acids can lead to fogginess, anxiety and depression. You should consume foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish (like sardines and salmon), extra virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds (like walnut, flax seeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds), mustard oil, Omega – 3 enriched eggs and winter squash.
Calcium & magnesium: We know that calcium and magnesium are minerals. They are called nature’s tranquilizers because they have natural calmative effect, not just for the muscles but also for the nervous system. These minerals will bring tranquility and calm to a hyperactive nervous system so they can reduce the chance of getting postnatal anxiety attacks which some new moms are going through. Also these minerals are good for moms who have or are prone to insomnia, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and other forms of anxiety. You should consume foods that are rich in calcium, such as tahini, green beans, fish, almonds, okra, broccoli, dark leafy greens, raw milk and yogurt. Also you should consume foods that are rich in magnesium, such as blackstrap molasses, dried figs, whole grains, banana, avocado and dark leafy greens. Also you can take calcium and magnesium supplements but talk with your doctor about the recommended dosage.
Cut back on chores: If you are having errands and chores, then you should let them go. You need to use your energy to take the basic care for you and your baby. You can ask for help from your family and friends.
Make time for yourself: You should take some time for yourself if you feel that the world is coming down around you. You should get dressed and leave the house. You should run an errand or visit a friend. Also you can schedule some time alone with your partner.
Herbs for postpartum depression: Some herbs which you can use as your natural treatment for postpartum depression are passionflower, lavender and chamomile. You should brew some passionflower, lavender and chamomile tea and sip it two to three times per day. The chamomile tea can help with colic and digestive upset and it can help your baby calm down.
Aromatherapy: There was one pilot study in 2012 in which was said that there were positive effects of using aromatherapy as a natural treatment for the postpartum depression and anxiety. The rose, bergamot, sandalwood, ylang – ylang, jasmine and lavender essential oils are the most used essential oils for anxiety and depression. You should find an aromatherapy specialist near you or you can try experimenting with essential oils at your home. It is known that the diluted essential oils which are usually in 1% solution can be rubbed onto the skin at the back of the neck, feet or temples, used in bathwater or sprayed into the air. You should try different types of essential oils to see which is best for you and your symptoms.