Baby-brain, momnesia, whatever you want to call it, it’s a physiological change that takes place when a mother’s brain changes during pregnancy and after childbirth (postpartum). If you’ve ever taken a complete 180 in your life after giving birth, you know first hand how dramatic changes in your body can be after having a baby. No fun.
Being in fear constantly, always feeling sad or depressed, and a sense of crippling anxiety around every corner is the essence of living with postpartum depression.
Personally, if it wasn’t for CBD and other cannabinoid therapies, I don’t think I couldn’t have gotten through the shift my life made during my first and second pregnancy and childbirth. I wasn’t myself, my mood changes like the weather (which is every minute where I live), and I felt like I was constantly f*cking up left, right and center (for no apparent reason whatsoever).
Looking back, I am thankful my experience with postpartum depression (PPD) was mild, and the changes in my mood weren’t horrific, but some women do experience serious (sometimes dangerous) postpartum situations and feelings.
If you are a new mother and you are feeling detached, sad, or helpless, please know that this is not YOU, this is a bout of depression. You are going to be okay and you are a good mother.
Using plant medicines like hemp-derived CBD is proving to work wonders on PPD. Here are only a few benefits of incorporating CBD into your daily life to restore balance, reduce stress, and give you your happy back.
Fight Nausea and Tiredness Naturally
Riding the waves in the emotional ocean of motherhood can decrease your energy. Thanks to lack of sleep, you may feel rundown and tired non-stop. CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids work on your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) by giving it a helping hand. In turn, your ECS powers up, balances out your body, and gives you an extra boost of natural energy.
This same system monitor and regulates important systems like your digestives system. We all know a balanced diet is essential for our body to function optimally.
However, any new mom knows how difficult it can be to maintain a healthy appetite and eating schedule. CBD can give your ECS a boost so it can help your digestive system work at its highest level of performance enabling you to enjoy a meal and stay healthy.
CBD Products May Reduce Stress
While pregnancy doesn’t impact your ECS, the ECS does impact your pregnancy. Because our ECS monitors and regulates primary bodily functions and systems, it is developed very early in the gestational period. Ensuring your ECS is supported by incorporating CBD is a great way to ensure your body has the extra help it needs.
Fun fact: endocannabinoids are found in breast milk. Nursing mothers may benefit from using CBD.
Other Medical Options Are Risky
The prescription medications given for PPD do not come without risk. If you do some research you will find that every prescription has serious side effects, is attributed to death, and may cause injuries at birth.
Cannabidiol has no known toxic or life-threatening side effects. The worst side-effect of consuming too much CBD is tiredness or a feeling of slight discomfort.
The biggest risk using CBD for PPD is the legal tape and stigma attached to plant-based medicine alternatives. Putting yourself at risk for a visit from child protective services because you live in an illegal state is not going to help your postpartum depression-it’ll worsen it. Be sure you are using a legal CBD product that contains no more than 0.3% THC.
CBD can help boost your mood, improve your ability to focus (bye, baby-brain), stabilize your appetite (digestive system), and give you a sense of overall wellness that gives you the ability to be the best mom you can be.
Written by: Heather Burton
If you are feeling hopeless or depressed, whether you recently had a baby or not, please reach out to your doctor for medical advice. You can also call 1-800-273-8255 to speak to someone about how you’re feeling and find resources to help.