Bringing a child into the world is a heavy decision that most women struggle with. The timing never seems right, you’re never really ready, and your poor body goes through alien-like changes that are the furthest thing from normal you will ever encounter. However, most new moms are never truly prepared for what happens after the baby is born, after you go home and have this tiny human in your possession. It’s a tough situation with a lot of stress, and some new moms even lack that immediate connection to their baby which can lead to postpartum depression. This is tough, whether it’s your first child or your 5th, but some moms are turning to CBD for help. Sure, there are stipulations, like maybe you shouldn’t take CBD if you’re breastfeeding, but CBDfx gummies can prove to be a lifesaver if you aren’t breastfeeding and can take them. Let’s look at some reasons and products that could prove to be helpful for a few different postpartum situations.
This is a big one so why not start here. According to some of the top postpartum depression informational sites, 70-80% of women will experience some sort of baby blues and 10-20 % of those women will move into clinical postpartum depression.
The symptoms include, but not limited to:
- Feeling like you need to be isolated
- Feeling like you can’t bond with the child and have little interest in doing so
- Feelings of worthlessness and suicidal thoughts
- Sadness, crying.
- Appetite changes
The fact that there’s limited research on how pharmaceuticals affect breastfeeding moms and children leaves moms with a huge dilemma….help themselves or lookout for the baby first? Sometimes, the side effects can be worse than the actual problem with pharmaceuticals. Even though the effects of CBD on postpartum symptoms are also still on the horizon, many women are reporting improved mood due to the CBD compound being able to naturally interact with the endocannabinoid system and positively influence serotonin levels. It’s also a great alternative to standard pharmaceuticals which can produce even more unwanted changes in mood and body. Most of these women are not breastfeeding, so if you must breastfeed, you’re still faced with limited facts with what pharmaceuticals and CBD.
Having a child takes a lot out of you, and can leave new moms feeling like a stranger in their own bodies. Have you ever heard about new moms chopping all their hair off? It’s like trying to find and solidify your own identity again, outside of your new parental role. It’s also more trivial things that are affected, like putting the milk in the pantry or forgetting you have something cooking….basically being in a perpetual “blonde moment”. Some even say this can lead to postpartum if not handled correctly. CBD has proven to be helpful to help moms focus their thoughts and combat baby brain.
This one goes for mom and dad because who isn’t nervous bringing home a new baby? Dad has a little more leeway when it comes to choosing a product, unless mom isn’t breastfeeding. CBD can help calm those uneasy new parent nerves. There are gummies, gel capsules, vape pens, water…the list is really endless. CBD can also give parents a baseline of confidence in handling whatever baby life throws your way.
CBD Baths & Topicals
We always want to keep the baby in mind and safe, so while CBD and breastfeeding is still a grey area for most, you can still use CBD to treat yourself to a much-needed baby break. There are some great CBD infused bath salts that will relax every muscle of your body and revive you for your 10 hour night shift while your little one practices their falsettos. So, if you are breastfeeding the CBD is not “in your system” and you can still get the relaxation perks of CBD. Another CBD tip for new moms is to rub a little CBD balm (or whatever topical you have) on your temples for a headache, or maybe even on the stomach or back for cramps. Your body will go through a number of changes to get back to normal. CBD can definitely help in a variety of way….it’s up to you to choose!
Being a new mom is no easy task, and having the internet at your fingertips is a good and bad thing because you will google everything! This is a beautiful time in your life and you deserve to be in the best state of mind to enjoy and bond with your little one. Sure, there is a bit of stigma surrounding the subject, but do your own research and see if CBD can be helpful in your postpartum journey! Congratulations!