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What is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is a type of clinical depression which affects mostly women but can also be present in men. It occurs in women who have just given birth and the condition itself may last for several months and even up to years. The most likely cause of this condition in women is hormonal changes during their pregnancy. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of Postpartum Depression to determine whether you or your loved ones may be suffering from it.
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The Top 3 Natural Remedies for Postpartum Depression
Many women are resorting to natural remedies to cure their postpartum depression. There are many home remedies available but in this article, we will be discussing the top three natural remedies for postpartum depression.
- St. John's Wort
St. John's Wort is a herb which has long been used to treat clinical depression in general and has always been considered a good remedy for postpartum depression. Its flowers and leaves are dried before being turned into pill form. The dried leaves may also be used to make tea. It stimulates neurotransmitters to promote a good and positive mood. It can also be taken in powder form. Along with it, you can also take St. John's Wort in tea for at least twice a day. Side effects of taking St. John's Wort include ultra sensitivity to light, increased blood pressure and stomach upsets.
- Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil comes from the seeds of a yellow wildflower which is believed to be rich in essential fatty acids which can help to prevent postpartum depression. It is considered to be 100% safe in treating postpartum depression, and may take up to two months before results are noticed.
Licorice, also known as liquorice or sweetwood is a herb found in Asia and Southern Europe. It is seen as a good natural remedy for postpartum depression as It is known to have healing properties. Licorice is particularly good in helping the body cope with stress. It can take 4 weeks before improvements can be seen. People who have high blood pressure, kidney disease or osteoporosis are not advised to take it.
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Other Home Remedies
There are other home remedies for postpartum depression which are so simple that people don't even think of them as remedies. Sunlight is important in fighting depression as it is a mood enhancer. While it is not advisable to overdo it, 20 minutes of sunlight exposure everyday is just about the right amount of time the body needs.
Exercise is an activity which most new mothers are not able to do often. Exercise helps fight postpartum depression as it helps normalize the body's hormone levels. Aside from that, it will also help new moms regain their pre-baby figure as well.
Before trying any natural remedies for postpartum depression, it is important to discuss them with your doctor beforehand. As each individual differs from another, it is important to determine whether such a natural remedy is advisable for you.
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