Impatiens to Help with Patience
Many women feel depressed during pregnancy or shortly thereafter due to hormonal fluctuations in the body. You don’t have to put your baby’s health at risk and just suffer from the effects of the hormonal roller coaster ride that often happens during the nine months your body is preparing to give birth, nor in the time thereafter when it is preparing to properly feed your baby, and recover from labor and delivery. There are natural ways of curing depression that don’t require pharmaceutical drugs or for you to suffer through severe depression symptoms. If you feel acute enough depression that you are having suicidal thoughts, or have completely lost a sense of joy, especially in doing things that used to make you very happy, you may also want to consult a professional psychologist or therapist to help you get more immediate help. If you are merely feeling listless, down, anxious, have extremely different eating habits (aside from the regular odd cravings which pregnancy can cause), or you feel extreme worthlessness or excessive guilt, then you can treat your symptoms with several different, but equally effective methods. You can also combine them for a more powerful result.
Start With DHA and Omega 3s, but Skip Some Types of Sushi
DHA and Omega 3s are full of anti-depressant properties, but because some fish are full of mercury, you should be extra careful about eating shark, mackerel, tilefish or swordfish while you are pregnant. You can skip sushi altogether if you are worried about consuming mercury, or you can eat organically farmed fish which will not have any trace of the harmful chemicals which are showing up in even open-water fish. DHA is also found in algae, nuts and seeds, legumes and many oils like olive, flaxseed, walnut, pumpkin, and more. Spinach, kale, collards and other green leafy vegetables are full of Omegas and winter squash as well as papaya have lots of them. The most potent non-animal Omega 3 source is probably algae, specifically organic blue green algae. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It also helps to control food cravings and regulate blood sugar, so at the end of your pregnancy you can control your desire to over-eat. As a post-pregnancy aid, it helps to regenerate cells and restore cellular damage.
Go Outside and Get Some Fresh Air
While moving in the later stages of pregnancy may seem very trying, it is important not just for your baby’s health, but your own. Also, spending time in nature as opposed to walking on a treadmill will naturally boost your mood because the colors of the sky, trees and plants have their own color psychology, which lifts your spirits. Spending time in nature soothes the nerves and reconnect us with the natural world which has more beneficial rhythms and elements, as opposed to the contrived sense of space and time which is often closing in on us in modern society. When we walk on the earth, we also connect to her vibration – her electromagnetic cycle fuses with yours. If you walk barefoot, and weather is permitting, you can even boost your immune system due to the amount of electrons you exchange with the planet. These electrons derived form the planet have well-documented healing properties. It is only recently that humans became disconnected form the planet because we are always wearing shoes or there are other substances (like concrete, non-organic fibers, paint, synthetic flooring, etc.) between ourselves and the earth itself. Go for a walk, and then lie down with as little between you and the mother earth as possible, and let her heal you with her natural resonance.
Try Flower Essences
Another beautiful remedy from nature is the healing quality of flowers. Just like many herbs you might use in cooking or naturopathic medicine, flowers have their own specific healing properties. Crab Apple flowers, for example, allows you to accept yourself at all stages of your pregnancy, even when you look like an overgrown mammal more than yourself. Elm flower essence can help you manage your responsibilities, without neglecting your own needs, and Impatiens can help you deal with your impatience. If you’ve ever known a pregnant woman who wasn’t impatient in the last days of her pregnancy, then you are an anomaly. This flower essence can be especially healing when you can’t wait to ‘get the baby out of you!’ Mimulus helps with fear associated with childbirth and labor, and mustard can help with mood swings. Olive flower essence helps with exhaustion and restores your natural vitality and Walnut flowers can help you to adjust to the extreme changes you go through not only when you are pregnant but just after the baby is born. There are hundreds of other flower remedies, too. These are just a key few to help you support your fluctuating emotions during the birthing process.
About the Author
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World