I can’t believe it is almost baby time again. What a whirlwind these last three and 1/2 years have been since we had our first little girl. It has been some of the best and worst days of my life. The great days definitely outweigh the bad days. I can’t believe how big Kenna is getting. I just want to freeze time and keep her as my sweet little girl forever. Emmy is also growing by the second and talking up a storm or at least trying too. And now we are on to baby number three. In 5 short weeks we will be adding another baby to the mix. Around this time with my pregnancy with Emmy I started to get worried about get Postpartum Depression again. When I said that in the last 3 1/2 years I have had some of the worst days of my life I am referring to my experience with postpartum depression. After I had Kenna I got Postpartum depression and had no idea what was going on. I was honestly living in a nightmare. Here is my post that goes into further detail.
So now with baby number 3 coming I get a little worried that I will get postpartum depression again. Every time I worry, I try to stop myself in my tracks and remind myself that it is silly to worry about things that have not yet happened. I know with my faith and with God in the picture he will help me get through whatever happens. After Kenna, I did a ton of research on things that could help with postpartum depression. So instead of worrying about something that might not even happen I try to be proactive and get my stuff together. So here are some of the things I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT after I have our new baby that might help fight off postpartum depression.
- Placenta Encapsulation- A lot of you might think I am crazy, hey that is okay lol- maybe I am a little bit;) . I read a lot about placenta encapsulation and found that it could help with postpartum depression. After having PPD once, I was honestly willing to try anything. So I gave this a shot with Emmy’s birth and LOVED it. I found a lady in my area named Ashley that does the encapsulation for you. All Travis and I have to do is let the nurses know when we get to the hospital that we want to keep our placenta. Then we have to have ice packs, baggies, and a cooler ready. The nurses will put your placenta in a bag for you and then we put the bag in a baggie and put it in a cooler. We then call our lady and she comes and picks up my placenta from the hospital. She then puts it into capsules for me and returns it within three days. Three days is very important because some research says that after three days of birth your hormones can drop, so it is important to have your capsules back so you can start taking them right away to help level out your hormones. The pills just look like a bunch of herbs and do not taste like anything. No, I will not cut my placenta or grill it, even though I heard it has wonderful effects for the body;) but I will get it encapsulated again. I found that I was way less emotional and I also did not get PPD again.
- Fish Oil- Another study I read said that high doses of fish oil can help with a variety of mental health issues. One study said that after women go through labor their healthy fat stores drop extremely low and that most women do not eat enough HEALTHY fat to get their stores back up which can in turn lead to health issues. There are also tons of other good articles and studies out there about other ways fish oil can help you. So I load up on my fish oil and friends let me tell you, not all fish oil is created equally so make sure you do your research and just don’t go buy a generic brand off the shelf. I use Young Living’s . It does not have a fishy taste at all and they add Clove, German Chamomile, and Spearmint so the body can digest it better. Not only does it have Omega-3 fatty acids, it has EPA, DHA, and Coenyzme Q10, and 240% of your daily dose of VITAMIN D. HECK YES!!! If you love science like I do, you can google all of the wonderful benefits of those ingredients and you will find there is not reason that everyone should not be taking fish oil.Fish Oil- Another study I read said that high doses of fish oil can help with a variety of mental health issues. One study said that after women go through labor their healthy fat stores drop extremely low and that most women do not eat enough HEALTHY fat to get their stores back up which can in turn lead to health issues. There are also tons of other good articles and studies out there about other ways fish oil can help you. So I load up on my fish oil and friends let me tell you, not all fish oil is created equally so make sure you do your research and just don’t go buy a generic brand off the shelf. I use Young Living’s Omegagize. It does not have a fishy taste at all and they add Clove, German Chamomile, and Spearmint so the body can digest it better. Not only does it have Omega-3 fatty acids, it has EPA, DHA, and Coenyzme Q10, and 240% of your daily dose of VITAMIN D. HECK YES!!! If you love science like I do, you can google all of the wonderful benefits of those ingredients and you will find there is not reason that everyone should not be taking fish oil.
3.Essential Oils- After Kenna I was put on antidepressants to help with my ppd. The antidepressants helped with my ppd, but also gave me side affects. I also ended up with a weakened immune system and ended up catching everything and anything that came my way. For awhile they had me on a round of steroids, then a round of antibiotics, and then back to another round of steroids, and then I was getting nauseous from one of the medicines so they gave me anti-nausea medicine. And still after all of that medication I was still sick. So I was desperate to find another option. In came essential oils. My one friend mentioned them to me and at first I was like naw, that is really not my thing. Then after a couple more months of beings sick I was willing to try anything and did a ton of research on essential oils. I found Young Living essential oils to be the best fit for me because I wanted to use them for health benefits and wanted to make sure they were the purest and best quality. Well I started with a starter kit so that I could get a diffuser and two of the oils. The starter kit comes with 11 oils, but I really was only going to use two of them, but the starter kit was the best bang for your buck. Good thing I got the starter kit because I ended up falling in love with them and using not only the two oils I originally got the kit for, but all 11 of them. If you would like more information about Young Living and essential oils and how I used them, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would love to share my journey with essential oils in more details. Any who, so I ended up using two oils and help from my doctor to wean off my antidepressants. YAY! Then for after my second birth I had a postpartum essential oil protocol ready (Harmony, Joy, White Angelica, and Valor). Four oils that I apply to different areas of my body to help level my hormones, deal with stress, and feel better. I brought these oils with me to the hospital and started using them right after Emmy and I am happy to report that I did not get postpartum depression!!!!
4. HELP: I found that after Kenna I had a hard time accepting help from people. Most of the time I thought I should be able to do things by myself. Well having a baby is a whole new ball game and I realized I needed help. I needed help more than ever. The first time with Kenna I made the mistake of not accepting help when it was offered. With Emmy, I accepted all help I could get, even sometimes when I felt silly for accepting it or felt that I should be able to do things myself. After Emmy there would be days where I felt great, but I know I still needed to rest so that my body could heal. So accept help, food, relatives willing to come help, people to babysit for you, clean for you, or cook for you, or hold your baby while you shower or while you nap.
So those are 4 things I used to help fight off postpartum depression with my 2nd baby. I am confident/hopeful that they will help me avoid it this time around too. If you have ppd or have gotten ppd in the past hopefully these new ideas might help. I know that when I had ppd I was desperate to find anything to help. Please let me know if you have any questions about what I used or how I used it, or if you just need someone to talk to!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. ” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4