Herbal medicines can be a safe and effective way to support yourself postpartum. Discover three breastfeeding-friendly herbs to support your postpartum recovery.
Did you know that new moms can use herbs to encourage sleep, reduce feelings of stress and anxiousness, and more during the postpartum period?
Disclaimer: As always, please consult your doctor, naturopath, or care provider before starting any new herbs or medications, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
For many moms, it can feel empowering to have natural herbal remedies to turn to while navigating this delicate recovery period. Keep reading to read what herbs I suggest as a Naturopath to my patients during their postpartum period.
Three herbs to support postpartum recovery
1. Passion Flower
Passion Flower is one of my favorite herbs postpartum, especially if anxiety is associated with difficulty falling or staying asleep.
It is a nervine, meaning it has a calming and relaxing effect. Studies show that Passion Flower is as effective as prescription anxiety medications in treating anxiety.
Skullcap is another herb in the nervine category. This herb helps decrease stress and anxiety and helps with sleep issues, especially when postpartum insomnia is due to worry and nervous irritability.
I often use this herb in a blend to help support stress and anxiety in the postpartum period. This herb is very safe and can be used while breastfeeding.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that helps your body adapt to stress.
It works via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-axis) to help modulate the stress hormone that the body produces.
Ashwagandha is my favorite herb for postpartum women because it helps to support normal energy and works well for regulating postpartum anxiety and depression.
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Dr. Emily Lesnak is a naturopathic physician at West Seattle Natural Medicine, focusing on pediatrics, natural fertility, and postpartum care. She is a graduate of Bastyr University, where she completed three years of residency and has been in private practice for five years. She has also been named as Seattle Met Top Doctor for three consecutive years.