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May 24th, 2010, 03:47 PM
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I have a history of PPD and the baby blues are here in full force! Ugh... these PP hormones are crazy... as my midwife said its like PMS on Crack.

Anyways, I was wondering if anyone had any natural remedies for PPD or the blues??

I am currently taking Motherwort, EPO, Vitamin D and plan on starting to take B-complex.

Are there any other supplements/herbs/etc... that you know of that can help?
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May 25th, 2010, 02:15 PM
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Placenta encapsulation helped me!

I've heard that Omega-3's really help. (mercury free fish, fish oils, flaxseed oil, flax seeds or walnuts are great sources)

Hope you can beat it
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May 27th, 2010, 10:27 AM
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I was doing some research last night and came across a PP remedy while looking for something else. Have you ever heard of the Bach Flower Remedies? They are a flower essence and you take 2 drops at a time 4x a day. They have them to work on all kinds of issues and are wonderful. I am currently using some on Ben for separation anxiety issues (I cant go pee alone without him crying) and we're having great success. I have personally used them too and love them. My book recommended these:

For baby blues:
for no apparent reason: MUSTARD

with irrational fears/behavior: CHERRY PLUM

These remedies can be purchased in 20ml bottles from Whole Foods or a lot of other natural stores. Just ask for the Bach Flower Remedies.

Hope this helps! If you have any questions just send me a pm if ya want!
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May 27th, 2010, 07:33 PM
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Placental Encapsulation also helped me.

I had bad PPD after my first, didn't do anything about it, just let it run it's course, which was about a year.

I didn't want PPD at all with my next so I encapsulated my placenta a few days after birth and I haven't had any baby blues or PPD.
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May 28th, 2010, 05:02 AM
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i took fish oil with my second and it helped!
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May 28th, 2010, 09:55 AM
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Ladies who have encapsulated their placentas- Did you do it yourself, or pay someone else to do it? Was it hard? Gross? I'm considering it, but I don't have DH fully on board yet
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May 28th, 2010, 05:09 PM
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I'm going to have my midwives assistants encapsulate the placenta this time. My doula recommended doing something with it with Cadie, but I was too lame. This time I'm not taking any chances, that first month was rough on me. I have a history of bad depression, and even on meds I was a mess. I imagine you don 't still have your placenta though, at this point.

The bachs remedies are wonderful, great recommendation. Try 4,000 or more units of D3 as well.
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May 30th, 2010, 07:38 AM
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My MW encapsulated it last time, this time DH, MW and doula will do it my friend did it and gave me instructions
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May 30th, 2010, 10:24 AM
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I really wish I had mine encapsulated this past time. I am kicking myself now for not having done it. Ugh.
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May 30th, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Ladies who have encapsulated their placentas- Did you do it yourself, or pay someone else to do it? Was it hard? Gross? I'm considering it, but I don't have DH fully on board yet
I encapsulated my own, and I actually offer the service to other women. I don't find it gross or hard, it's pretty easy and straight forward. It took a few hours to dry it, I like to use the oven on the lowest setting with the door open (but many use a dehyderator instead). Then I grind it up and put it in an encapsulating machine, which takes about 30 minutes for me. I got 105 capsules out of my placenta.
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May 30th, 2010, 07:18 PM
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I hope you find some relief soon Christine, no fun.
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