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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 19:27 PM   1
jensha
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Natural ways to deal with post partum depression


I'm feeling down and really dreading PPD. I have an history of anxiety and depression. I told my OB and of course, she wants to put me on anti-depressant drugs as soon as I give birth. I don't agree with taking pills (that's another topic on its own). Anyone knows some natural remedies or tips to help avoid a deep depression?



 
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 23:43 PM   2
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I know it might sound gross, but I strongly recommend placenta encapsulation. My sister did this with her second baby after developing postpartum depression with her first and it helped a lot! Also taking Omega 3s!!

Here's a few links I found for you

http://depression.about.com/cs/babyb...postpartum.htm

http://placentabenefits.info/articles.asp

http://www.postpartumprogress.com/th...tum-depression



 
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 23:45 PM   3
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I take an Omega 3 supplement, apparently there is some research to suggest it is helpful with depression (it was recommended by my chiropractor who is very well researched in holistic healing)

I know sleep and exercise are very helpful too...though sleep is something us mommas never seem to get!



 
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 12:27 PM   4
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Omega 3, B6 and B12 vitamins.. that's all I can think of right now.



 
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 13:27 PM   5
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I try and get out for a walk every day in the middle of the day for the sunlight and fresh air. Also doing things that make me feel more like 'me', ie meeting friends for a drink without LO once in a while and doing a regular exercise class.



 
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 18:08 PM   6
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I had PPD with my first and really wish I knew about placenta encapsulation. I would do that for sure! Other things I did was lots of natural sunlight, Vitamin D, lots of fluids and a well balanced diet with fruits and veggies, exercise daily (yoga, walking, etc), pre and probiotics. Treating depression naturally can take longer than using medications, but it's totally worth it if you stick with it.



 
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Old Dec 28th, 2012, 20:44 PM   7
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Thank you so much everyone!
I just met with a doula this morning and she does placenta encapsulation. I will definitely try it. I already take omega-3 but low doses. Maybe I should up the dosage. I'll try everything you said. Thanks again!



 
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What about looking into CBT or guided self help?



 
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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 05:59 AM   9
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Aw I had it for 12 months with my first. Having a gym membership with childcare did me wonders. I love the gym and it gave me that wee bit of break + exercise helps with depression. I did not use any medication.



 
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