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Natural Remedies for Postpartum Depression


| 2/2/2016 3:06:00 PM


Of the most joyful events of your life can easily turn into a nightmare. Postpartum depression is real, and it affects 1 in 7 women.

Postpartum depression can cause mothers to feel sad, overwhelmed and inadequate to the point of wanting to harm themselves or even their baby. It’s a problem for many women, but the good news is there are ways to naturally prevent and treat it.


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Medication vs. Natural Remedies

The concern many women face is taking medication following the delivery of their baby when they are breastfeeding. Since what the mother consumes can enter her breastmilk, many women forgo anti-depressants. This can lead to much more devastating consequences when postpartum depression gets out of control.

As an alternative, many women have been turning to natural remedies such as placenta encapsulation, omega-3 supplements, Sam E, bright light therapy and acupuncture.



Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta encapsulation is the process of manufacturing a pill with pieces of your placenta inside of it. Since the placenta delivers all of the nutrients to the growing fetus, it is full of them even after delivery. There’s also estrogen in the placenta, which the body lacks after having a baby. These low levels of estrogen can play a role in depression, which is why getting it from the placenta may be helpful.



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