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How Medical Cannabis and CBD can be used to Manage Postpartum Depression

Postpartum (or postnatal) depression is a mood disorder that affects many new parents, and new moms in particular. Scientists are yet to establish a cause for this condition, which can induce intense feelings of sadness and anxiety. And unfortunately, the lack of attention that this area receives means moms are often left to deal with postpartum depression themselves – the anxiety can also cause feelings of inadequacy and embarrassment which can make a new mother reluctant to speak out and seek a suitable treatment.

Anti-depressants are available; however, these can be accompanied with harsh side effects. Counselling is also recommended and talking therapy can certainly help to get to the root of anxieties and various uncomfortable emotions. But interestingly, an increasing number of new moms are turning to medical cannabis and specifically the primary non-psychoactive component of the plant, cannabidiol (CBD).

How Medical Cannabis and CBD can be used to Manage Postpartum Depression

CBD is a therapeutic compound that doesn’t produce any of the psychoactive effects cannabis is historically known for, and there is growing evidence that this cannabinoid exhibits anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects. A 2014 study from the Institute of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio concluded that CBD had these effects by reviewing animal studies which looked at these aspects of the compound.

Cannabis scientists made a significant breakthrough in the 1990s, with the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which we now know is responsible for regulating a plethora of mental and physiological functions in the body. It just so happens that cannabinoids, a group of compounds found almost uniquely in the cannabis plant, can interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the ECS.

America’s Postpartum Depression Problem

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered some worrying data during a study conducted between 2004 and 2005, estimating that around 600,000 American women were battling the condition. This figure was reached by asking mothers in 17 states to take part in a self-reporting study.

The research found that around 1 in 7 new US moms either had or had gone through postpartum depression, with the condition affecting young mothers and those with low incomes and education levels more than most. Researchers have speculated that the extent of the postpartum depression could be even greater, given that it was a self-reporting study. Not to mention, new moms whose symptoms reflected postpartum anxiety more than postpartum depression were not considered by this research.

How Medical Cannabis and CBD can be used to Manage Postpartum Depression

Depression can be a very difficult mental disorder to overcome on its own, and the pressure and responsibility of being a new mother can make things even tougher. The CDC has noted doubting one’s ability to be a successful mother, guilt for “not being a good mom” and feelings of disconnect from the baby as common symptoms of postpartum depression. Sadly, Postpartum Progress reports that around 85 percent of new moms with PPD do not seek professional help for their condition – perhaps some of this is due to a mother not even knowing that they are experiencing a pain which is ultimately treatable.

The decision to take a cannabis-derived medicine as a new mom can be challenging, even despite the gradually declining stigma surrounding the herb. Many are still unaware about the non-psychoactive potential of cannabis, and that it’s now possible to get the plant’s therapeutic benefits without feeling high. Furthermore, the argument that cannabis can cause memory problems and cognitive impairment no longer holds, with CBD and other cannabinoids, such as cannabigerol (CBG), displaying neuroprotective properties.

However, before going further, it is important to point out that research into cannabis and new mothers is thin on the ground, and that concerns about the psychoactive THC compound are very valid. It would not be recommended for a new mother to take THC, even though there is no research to suggest that cannabinoids pose a neonatal risk.

But even for treating general depression, THC can be problematic, with the compound inducing anxiety and paranoia in some due to its stifling of the GABA transmitter. GABA has a calming effect on the brain, and interestingly GABA receptor activation helps CBD to produce its anxiolytic effects. It’s important to realize that until recently, researchers had nowhere near this level of understanding of cannabis, and how it can be harnessed safely to eliminate side effects. Now various strains are developed, some high in CBD, others high in THC to combat various conditions.

However, a 2005 study found that endocannabinoids – cannabinoid-like compounds made by the human body – are present in breastmilk. Whether phytocannabinoids from cannabis could affect this is unknown, but it is a crucial area for future research.

Therefore, it’s understandable that a new mother would be apprehensive about medicating with any kind of cannabis, even if it’s non-psychoactive. Moreover, the American Academy of Pediatrics has noted that the breastfeeding process can be stressful enough as it is for new moms with postpartum depression. That said, there is the potential for a CBD-rich cannabis oil product to ease a mother’s depression and improve her confidence as a parent beyond breastfeeding.

PPD can have a detrimental effect on a new mother’s ability to form a strong bond with her baby. Therefore, if it’s possible that CBD can help with that, then it’s worth considering. Using formulated milk over breastfed milk is perhaps a better option for a mother than battling on without a treatment for PPD and not making that vital attachment with her new-born. Of course, for those that see breastfeeding as an absolute necessity, CBD may not be the solution. But there is no strict guide to parenting and many mothers who have embraced CBD are delighted with the results.

Global CBD told the story of a new mother who uses cannabis products that contain 99 percent CBD and no THC to manage her PPD. In a video on Vimeo, she comments how the CBD helped reduce anxiety, back pain and more. And perhaps most importantly, it allowed her to be “relaxed with her kids.

Isolated CBD may be preferable to whole-plant cannabis

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In the battle for cannabis legalization, activists have always zoned in on the benefits over whole-plant and full-spectrum extracts over products where the cannabinoids have been isolated. This is because the synergy created by all 400-plus cannabis compounds interacting may enhance the overall therapeutic value of cannabis. However, in the case of postpartum depression, an isolated CBD oil tincture, or one that also contains non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBG, could be better. Not least because an isolate is less complex and therefore better understood, enabling mothers to medicate with increased confidence.

It’s important for any young mother suffering from postpartum depression or anxiety to speak with a doctor before contemplating self-medication. While the World Health Organization deemed that CBD “does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm” in December 2017, it’s possible that the compound may influence other medication due to its effects on the metabolism. Furthermore, medication is not always the best remedy for patients with mental health disorders, with talking therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) sometimes proving better.

But it seems clear that, when used responsibly, CBD can have a positive effect for new mothers who are afflicted with postpartum depression, anxiety and more.

 

 

5 Tips for Postpartum Clothes That Won’t Make You Look Pregnant (#5 is the most fun)

Why do you need 5 tips for postpartum clothes that won’t make you look pregnant? Cause when pregnant, nobody tells you the three most important secrets of childbirth.

The first is that there’s no surety you will deliver on the decided-upon due date. You can go way past it without popping. The second secret is that you’ll only get to sleep for longer hours if your baby sleeps that long. Even if that means sleeping during the day for only six hours. And here’s the third one. After your baby is out, the uterus becomes empty. But it does not look it, for weeks!

You cannot do much to change the first and the second. But the third does give you some control. And you can harness it in the following manner.

5 Tips for Postpartum Clothes

5 Tips for Postpartum Clothes That Won’t Make You Look Pregnant

#1 Opt for Function

Post pregnancy nursing clothes are an excellent idea when breastfeeding. But they’re boring and outrageously priced. What a bad combination, isn’t it?

So how about looking for affordable, simple nursing tops instead? You can just as easily run errands and feed your baby in them. They might not be as awfully convenient as conventional nursing tops. But they do serve that purpose pretty well.

You can pair a dark-colored nursing tank with your favorite cardigan. Or the same with a pair of yoga pants.

And if you can’t find these kinds of nursing tops, then regular tops fit the bill just as well. Keep in mind to opt for one size up. This way you can lift up the top easily for breastfeeding.

#2 Wear Sexy yet Comfortable Lingerie

If you’re interested in buying postpartum underwear, don’t go for the boring ones. There are plenty of options that look and feel good.

As for your breasts, once they settle down, it’s time to purchase a proper nursing bra. But the problem is that the majority of nursing bras are frumpy and boring. And they smash the twins together quite uncomfortably!

Instead, go for options like the Belabumbum Women’s Maternity Lotus and Nursing Lace Trimmed Bra. It looks pretty while also giving you nursing access.

5 Tips for Postpartum Clothes

#3 Buy Stretchy Bottoms

The best clothes for postpartum are always stretchy. But they don’t necessarily have to be legit maternity clothes. You can opt for cheaper basics such as yoga pants with an elastic waistband.

Skirts and leggings are also excellent choices. You can get them in different colors. But make sure they fit you well.

#4 Repurpose

There’s no need to box up all of that maternity wear right after you get back home post-childbirth. Postpartum support clothing and maternity bottoms have a lot in common. The elastic waist remains your friend even after the baby is born. And the chances are you’ll be wearing your maternity clothes for weeks after delivery.

Another garment from your maternity wardrobe that you might find absolutely essential is postpartum underwear. For C-section healing, you might as well opt for those than granny panties.

#5 Splurge on Fun Outfits

Try to forget about postpartum tips and tricks for a minute here. There are plenty of dresses to hide post pregnancy belly. So how about you spend money on them? Rather than buying boring post pregnancy nursing clothes!

For example:

  • Like I said, dresses to hide post pregnancy belly.
  • Flowy cardigans that pair up well with your nursing tanks.
  • Skirts with a stretchy waistline, in different prints and colors.
  • Yoga pants, stretchy leggings, and lots more.

Final Note

So these are the 5 tips for postpartum clothes that won’t make you look pregnant.

If this is your first time, then it’s only natural to feel overwhelmed about the whole postpartum situation. Just keep telling yourself that these feelings and atrocities are only temporary. The bigger picture here is your baby. But don’t neglect your physical and mental health in the process.

A little bit of workout, healthy eating, and how much ever rest you can get go a long way.

Your body has been through a lot. I mean pregnancy and childbirth are not like taking a stroll in the part. So give your hormones some time to get back to normal. And up until then, do everything in your power to speed up postpartum recovery.

That’s all I would like to say to you. And also, love yourself no matter how big you think you or your belly looks.

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About the author:

Barbara Davis is a mom blogger who believes that mothers can do anything. It was this belief that led to the creation of Mom Trusted Choice. Her articles revolve around topics that encourage moms and pregnant women to make better decisions. Parenting essentials is the crux of her work. And she has been creating content to promote just that for some years now.

 

Sources:

  1. http://www.momtastic.com/style/614603-postpartum-style/
  2. https://happyyouhappyfamily.com/tips-for-postpartum-fashion/
  3. https://www.eumom.ie/pregnancy/maternity-style/6-things-to-wear-post-pregnancy/

 

Tips For Preventing Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Stretch marks commonly appear due to pregnancy in which 50 to 90% of women will develop them before delivery. Experts mostly believe that you can be prone to stretch marks due to hormones brought about by a pregnancy.

Basically, these hormones bring more water into the skin in which it relaxes and makes it easier to tear if stretched. Although this remains to be debatable, there’s a huge number of pregnant women who observe stretch marks during their 6th or 7th month of being pregnant.

Tips For Preventing Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Things You Need To Know About Stretch Marks

  • Stretch marks are small tears in the supporting layers of skin tissue, which has been pulled tightly to its limit during pregnancy.
  • According to some studies, the rapid weight gain during pregnancy is a great contributor to stretch marks.
  • Genetics has proven to be a factor for the susceptibility of a pregnant woman to get stretch marks. Thus, you can develop this if your mom had them during her pregnancy.
  • Fair-skinned women are prone to get stretch marks than darker-skinned mothers during pregnancy. Perhaps this is because they are not that visible on dark skin.

Tips For Preventing Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Ways To Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Good news for pregnant women because they can easily prevent the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy. Here are some easy tips to achieve that.

  1. Gelatin – Including gelatin in your daily diet can increase the formation of collagen in your skin to improve its elasticity. Thus, it is essential to improve the elastic condition of the skin during pregnancy to avoid stretch marks.
  2. Hydration – Take note that pregnancy can increase the volume of blood in the body, as you build a big water sack for the baby. Keeping yourself hydrated can reduce the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy.
  3. Coconut Oil – The use of coconut oil lotion would keep your belly moist, which is crucial as it gets bigger. This can help nourish your skin, as it is full of saturated fatty acids.
  4. Vitamin C – You may want to reduce free radical damage with the consumption of vitamin C. This is because free radicals consume elastin and collagen and vitamin C helps in the formation of cartilage and collagen.
  5. Zinc – The lack of zinc intake is one of the possible reasons why people get stretch marks. Collagen production uses zinc, which is a natural trace mineral with antioxidant properties.
  6. Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter – Two of the greatest emollients are shea butter and cocoa butter. Thus, they are best at keeping the skin hydrated and moist in order to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.

 

 

Benefits of Wearing a Postpartum Girdle After Delivery

As a first time mommy, I was lucky that my doctor advised me to use a postpartum girdle after I gave birth to my baby. Following doctor’s advice my husband bought an abdominal binder from the hospital pharmacy. It is true that four years ago I was not much aware of the benefits of having a girdle for me after a C-section. However, today I am glad that I used an abdominal binder!

If you are a new mom or mom to be, here are some helpful tips that explain the benefits of wearing postpartum girdle after delivery. I used a postpartum girdle and I experienced all these benefits. So, I am sure these tips will help another mom to experience all these benefits after the delivery of the baby!

Benefits of Wearing Postpartum Girdle After Delivery

A Postpartum Girdle or an abdominal binder is a special garment that also compresses and shapes your body. This is why it is helpful to get the shape back after the delivery. Especially for those who deliver the baby via C-section, sometimes it is difficult to come back to the normal shape of the body. I remember the sagging and loose tummy I had during the first few weeks after the delivery. Luckily I could get firm belly skin and almost flat tummy in few months. When the kid was celebrating his first birthday I was almost in my pre pregnancy weight

 

Why You Should Use a Postpartum Girdle after Delivery?

Reasons are simple. A postpartum girdle will help you to get the shape. It gives muscle support after your delivery. A Postpartum Girdle will help you to tighten your abdominal muscles without giving much compression. Also this compression of muscles will improve the blood flow. As you can reduce the swelling of the muscles with a postpartum girdle, that will help you to recover and heal from the wounds after a C-section. This is the main reason for my doctor to introduce an abdominal binder for me after my C-section. That gave me comfort from the wounds and sagging muscles. Check this guide for top postpartum girdle options for more details of different types of abdominal binders available on the market.

 

How do you buy a Postpartum Girdle?

Postpartum Girdle or abdominal binders come with lot of features .So, if you plan to buy a girdle for you, it is better to read the features before you buy. It should fit you properly and it should easy to use. After all it should be a girdle that gives you comfort.

Considering the benefits you get after using a Postpartum Girdle, an abdominal binder can be a best investment for any postpartum lady!

Do you have any experience with using a Postpartum Girdle? Please share.

 

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