Mariana Kurko L.Ac

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Mariana is a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine, a singer/songwriter and the creator of Mamashine. She is also a survivor of postpartum depression. Mariana lives with her energetic son, her husband and various animals in Austin, TX.

10 Myths About Postpartum Depression

Due to an abundance of myths that many people mistake for facts, we often misunderstand postpartum depression. These insights may help you discern fact from fiction as you meet with conflicting information.

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3 Herbal Allies for Postpartum Mothers

New motherhood is physically and emotionally demanding. The mothering life is always moving forward, and there are always new challenges to face. Being empowered with the know-how of using herbal medicines can help us navigate the constant change in our lives and help our bodies be flexible and resilient.

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6 Steps toward Postpartum Weight Loss

Weight loss after pregnancy is a whole different thing than trying to loose weight at other life stages. A new mom faces new life challenges, including erratic sleep patterns, skipping meals, complete lack of personal time, frequent interruptions, loose ligaments and changes in pelvic structure, the high demands on energy reserves for breastfeeding, and hormone fluctuations–to name a few!

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Acupuncture for Postpartum Depression

By their very nature, pregnancy and childbirth, and the strong hormonal changes that go with them, are hard on a woman’s body. While depression should never be ignored, many nursing moms are very reluctant to take antidepressant medication for fear of the effect it will have on their babies. Acupuncture has the ability to fill a very important gap as an alternative and more natural treatment for postpartum depression.

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Omega 3 for Postpartum Depression

It’s becoming well known that the essential fatty acids called DHA and EPA found mainly in certain fish, are important for the neurological development of the fetus during pregnancy. Even baby formulas and baby foods are being supplemented with DHA. What is only recently being understood is it’s relevance to postpartum health, and depression specifically.

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