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Postnatal health

Natural Remedies for Postnatal Anxiety

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Roo1982 · 02/05/2019 13:06

Has anyone ever used Kalms Lavender, Passionflower or St John's Wort to ease postnatal anxiety symptoms and if so did they help? Xx

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katherinejones · 14/05/2019 17:53

Heyy I never heard of them but recently read an article about natural remedies, will copy paste :)
First few days

The first few days after giving birth the body will act in unexpected ways. It will be a busy time bringing home a baby, but whenever you can, focus on resting and allowing your body to recover. These first days can be hectic, but as long as you plan ahead these days can be a little more manageable. Drinking tons of water and eating a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables will make going to the bathroom much easier. Berries like blueberries and jujube fruit are easy on the stomach, full of fibre, and are a natural remedy for stress and anxiety. Bleeding can also be heavy post pregnancy so stocking up on super absorbent sanitary towels will come in handy.

The following weeks
Check in with your doctor: Usually a week or so after giving birth, your doctor will want to check in and see how your body is recovering. Scheduling this appointment in advance will make it easy to find a time that works best for you and your newborn.
Stay hydrated: It is very important to stay hydrated, especially if you are breastfeeding. Around eight glasses of liquid everyday will help your body recover and maintain other bodily functions. You can try a combination of water, fresh juices, herbal teas, and soups.
Practice a balanced diet: A full and balanced diet will help your body recover easier. Make sure you are getting five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Whether it's a sweet jujube fruit snack on the go or hearty home cooked leafy greens, make sure you hit your five a day. High-starch foods like rice and potatoes should also be incorporated into the diet to give you energy throughout the day. Avoid foods that are high in refined sugars, saturated fats, or foods that are highly processed.
Postnatal blues: Around 80% of mums have the ‘post baby blues’, although not as serious as postnatal depression, it is still very important to address. Talking to your partner, family, or friends about what you are experiencing can be helpful. Joining a class to meet other new mums can unite others experiencing similar symptoms. Practising the tips above can also help you stay on track and release endorphins. If you find that your postnatal blues could be postnatal depression, consult your doctor.
Sleep and rest: With a crying baby who wants her feeds every few hours at night, it can be hard to get enough shut eye. However, getting enough sleep is crucial in your recovery. Try to catch up on sleep during the day, for example take a nap when your baby naps. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your partner, family, and friends. This is an important period of your life and you deserve all the attention needed.
Exercise: After consulting with your doctor and finding the right time for your body, you can begin with some light activities. It is recommended to start slow and low when you get back into moving. Health experts advise that targeting the pelvic floor will help with bladder control as well as help target stomach weight. Taking brisk walks on the other hand, are the perfect way to clear your head and provide a good workout. Start with 10 minutes and slowly increase.

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Roo1982 · 16/05/2019 18:35

Thank you very much. Very informative and useful. Xx

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