As you eagerly prepare for the miracle of birth, it’s easy to become immersed in the anticipation of that beautiful birth moment. Yet, amidst the excitement, we often overlook a crucial phase: the postpartum period. Surprisingly, this time, specifically 6 weeks to even a year after childbirth, can be the most challenging and overlooked time in pregnancy.
The transition into motherhood is profound and awe-inspiring, but it can also be riddled with unexpected hurdles. The postpartum period poses a unique set of challenges, notably Postpartum Mood Disorders (PPMDs), which can significantly impact a new moms mental health. These disorders, if left unaddressed, may lead to harmful behaviors and distressing thoughts.
Traditionally, discussing postpartum mental health struggles was considered taboo. However, it’s imperative to acknowledge that the fourth trimester is undeniably hard. Motherhood, though rewarding and magical, comes with its share of difficulties. It’s crucial to understand that having the right support during this phase can make a world of difference.
I absolutely recognize the gravity of the postpartum period and the importance of providing unwavering support during this transitional phase. I believe in shedding light on the realities of this journey, acknowledging the challenges while offering solutions to assist new parents and families.
Postpartum depression affects ten to fifteen percent of all new moms. There are many changes that are happening in Mom’s body, both physically and emotionally. Hormonal changes can cause stress to the entire body. After the baby is born and the newness wears off, everyone’s life returns to normal, except Mom’s. Hers will never be the same. She may be overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for this new babe, in addition to the already existing responsibilities she has. Sometimes the realization of this can be overwhelming and result in the “baby blues” or full-on depression.
The Lifelong Vitality supplements taken every day can help balance hormones quickly and help Mom have more energy and feel less stressed as she cares for her new baby and comes into balance with a new normal in her life. The most common nutritional deficiencies in those who suffer from depressive disorders are B vitamins, omega 3, and magnesium. These are all included in the basic vitality supplements in the perfect amounts.
Essential oils that will support and uplift you in this changing time are any of the following: Balance blend, Serenity blend, ClaryCalm blend, Bergamot, Wild orange, Clary sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Roman chamomile, Sandalwood, or Whisper. I recommend using any of these as a personal perfume that you wear daily. Not only will you smell great, but you’ll be also uplifting your emotions at the same time.
Do not underestimate the power of citrus oils. They help normalize neuroendocrine hormone levels and immune function. Basil helps neurotransmitters, and lavender stimulates serotonin release. There are so many choices to assist you with postpartum changes.
Diffusing is another great way to get these oils into your system, along with taking them internally. Frankincense is a great oil to help with any kind of depression. I recommend taking four or five drops under your tongue and chasing with water every day, or you may also put the oil in a capsule.
Every day gives us different experiences and emotions. While each essential oil is similar, they all have their own individual strengths and purposes to include supporting us emotionally. These oils blends are specifically formulated to help us through the times when our emotions need TLC:
Motivate Blend contains mint and citrus oils known to energize and elevate.
Cheer Blend contains citrus and spice oils known to excite and intrigue.
Passion Blend contains spice and herb/grass oils known to sooth and attract.
Forgive Blend contains herb/grass and tree oils known to balance and clarify.
Console Blend contains tree and floral oils known to comfort and ground.
Peace Blend contains floral and mint oils known to calm and support.
To use the essential oils when supporting emotions, you can diffuse aromatically or you can apply 1–2 drops in your palms, rub hands together, and inhale deeply from hands. You can also apply topically to touch points such as the back of the neck, wrists, and over the heart.
Understanding the depth of emotions that can arise during this time is pivotal. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or even anxious. Having a solid support system that comprehends these emotions and knows the available options for help can be a lifeline.
Embracing Support and Options
There is a range of evidence-based options available to support new parents navigating the postpartum phase. From counseling and therapy to support groups and tailored interventions, these resources are designed to provide guidance and assistance during this critical period.
Counseling and Therapy
Professional counseling and therapy sessions offer a safe space for new parents to express their emotions, fears, and concerns. These sessions equip individuals with coping mechanisms and strategies to navigate the challenges effectively.
Engaging with support groups allows new parents to connect with others experiencing similar emotions and challenges. These groups foster a sense of community, providing invaluable emotional support and understanding.
Embracing holistic care approaches can be beneficial, including practices like mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and self-care rituals tailored to address mental and emotional well-being.
Partner and Family Support
Involving partners and family members in the support network is crucial. Their understanding and active participation can create a nurturing environment for the new parent and the growing family.
It’s time to break the stigma surrounding postpartum challenges and encourage open conversations about maternal mental health. By fostering a culture of understanding and support, we can create a safe space for new parents to seek help without fear of judgment or shame.
The journey into parenthood is an expedition filled with unexpected twists and turns. Yet, with the right support and a compassionate community by your side, navigating this phase becomes a bit more manageable.
Remember, acknowledging your emotions and seeking help when needed is an act of strength, not weakness. I am here for you, committed to providing guidance, support, and understanding throughout your postpartum journey.
Together, let’s nurture and cherish these new beginnings.
The Essential Midwife