Adaptogens for Adrenal Fatigue and Postpartum Depression

Adrenal fatigue occurs when your small but powerful adrenal glands are overworked and depleted. This usually occurs as a result of chronic stress combined with inadequate nutrition and sleep deprivation. New mothers face the demands of caring for a baby in the wake of the steep hormonal shift at childbirth and are especially susceptible to adrenal fatigue. Here are some of the best adaptogens for adrenal fatigue and depression that are safe for breastfeeding.

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Postpartum Adrenal Fatigue

New mothers are especially susceptible to adrenal fatigue. Childbirth brings a quick dramatic shift in hormonal balance, setting the stage for further imbalance. Couple this shift with the demands of new motherhood, postpartum healing, and isolation, and you may be in for a case of adrenal fatigue. According to Dr. Sara Gottfried, adrenal fatigue is the most common hormonal imbalance that women experience.
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Cultivating Self-Care Sass

Have you gotten out there, into Nature, without your kid(s), just for you? Or if it is riding your bicycle, dancing, painting your toenails, or singing show tunes that makes your heart full, have you done it lately?

If you’ve done it, give yourself a big “well done” acknowledgement that you made it happen. Give yourself a reward sticker! SUPER JOB!

If you haven’t yet done it, then don’t let it get away from you. Nail it down.

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Progesterone Cream for Postpartum Depression

We recently discussed how low levels of progesterone contribute to postpartum depression. Now let’s explore natural progesterone therapy.

To begin with, natural progesterone therapy is a safe alternative for breastfeeding mothers. It is noted for enhancing mood & sex drive. Additionally, studies have shown marked benefits for both mama & baby when used prenatally. The most common method of natural progesterone therapy is bioidentical progesterone cream. Two brands I recommend are Emerita Pro-gest Cream and Natural Progesto-Life Cream.

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