The postpartum period is notoriously difficult. Not only must parents grapple with sleepless nights, colicky babies, judgment from outsiders, and the anxiety of parenthood; but the birthing person must also recover from giving birth. While many of those giving birth in America return to work within 6 weeks of giving birth, research shows that recovery takes much longer—a year or more in many cases. Indeed, one recent study found that pregnancy tests the limits of human endurance.
No wonder so many of those that have given birth struggle in the postpartum period. As many as 1 in 5 will experience postpartum depression, with 70-80% reporting mild sadness after giving birth. An additional 10% struggle with postpartum anxiety. What’s more, two-thirds of married couples see the quality of their marriage decline after having a baby. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is one tool for coping with the myriad challenges postpartum life presents.
Our Placenta Plus tinctures are handcrafted right here at Carolina Placenta Remedies. We make all of our very own cbd infusions. Why have we opted to make our own infusions instead of just purchasing commercial cbd infusions? This way we are able to carefully select what strain of hemp flower is used in our Placenta Plus Tincture, ensuring we are make infusions that will be of the best benefit to our postpartum clients healing.
* doses per bottle are based off suggested micro-dosage use.
Anxiety can feel inevitable when you’re adapting to life with a newborn. Page through any parenting magazine and you’ll find something to worry about—from sudden infant death syndrome to antibiotic-resistant infections. Though the world is a scary place, most kids grow up happy and healthy. What’s more, your anxiety won’t protect your child. It’s just unproductive worry that can wear you out, wear you down, and make parenting feel like a miserable slog.
CBD offers a powerful antidote to this anxiety. A of animal studies suggest that CBD offers anti-anxiety benefits that may be comparable to popular anxiety medications. Unlike anxiety medication, however, CBD won’t leave you feeling sleepy or compromise driving skill. Preliminary data also points to CBD as a potential treatment for social anxiety. So for parents feeling overwhelmed by visitors, prying eyes, and judgemental comments, CBD is a must-have in the medicine cabinet.
Trauma is depressingly common, especially following childbirth. More than a quarter of women describe their births as traumatic, with about 9% experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder after birth. A number of published case reports suggest that cannabidiol is an effective alternative to pharmaceuticals for the anxiety associated with post-traumatic stress. Research on rats suggests that cannabinoids may help modulate fear memory, changing the way the body and brain respond to memories of trauma. This can ease the troubling symptoms of PTSD, including flashbacks and anger.
Researchers who study CBD generally agree that this compound can treat PTSD. The real challenge is standardising treatment protocols. CBD oil offers a safe, entry-level option for people who don’t get help from traditional remedies or who want to avoid medication. For women struggling to come to terms with childbirth, the difference can be immediate.
“I had a terrible birth. It was scary and painful, and the staff mistreated me and made me think I was in more danger than I was. I had to fight for an hour to get to hold my baby, and I still don’t know why. I’ve really struggled with feeling angry and powerless. I used to find myself waking up in the middle of the night ruminating on what happened to me when I gave birth,” said Beth, an Atlanta mother who preferred to use a pseudonym. “CBD didn’t change the past. It enabled me to make peace with it. Now I feel empowered to step into my role as a mother, and confident that I can be a better advocate for myself during my next birth.”
Just keeping a tiny human alive can feel daunting. But that’s just the first challenge of parenting. You also have to teach them, play with them, and try to find a way to be mindful in the present without worrying in the future. Cbd may help parents cultivate mindfulness. Some research suggests that Cbd may help people feel awake and alert, even when they’re sleep-deprived.
“I didn’t expect it, but I found that after I started using Cbd, I was better able to concentrate on the daily minutiae of parenting,” Beth said. “I was always one of those mothers who struggled with getting really into playing with kids, and I felt guilty about that. Something about CBD made it a little easier. I can’t explain what it was. I didn’t feel jittery or stressed, though. Just alert and attentive.”
There’s a paradox of sleeplessness for many new parents: the baby is up half the night crying and nursing, but when the baby goes to sleep, you may struggle to follow suit. It’s common to face a combination of insomnia and fatigue. Compounding this further is that the little quality sleep you get may be interrupted by a screaming newborn. It’s enough to make anyone feel like they’re losing their mind.
CBD offers numerous sleep benefits. It can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. If you have issues during REM sleep—the critical period of sleep during which dreams help you process the events of the day—Cbd can help. For parents whose babies wake them up every time they drift into a dream, a little Cbd oil may be all it takes for the brain to recover from disrupted sleep. Better still, Cbd may help people feel more awake during the day.
Parenthood changes everything about your life. You’re probably overwhelmed by the love you feel for this tiny person, but deeply terrified about your ability to raise them, teach them, and send them out into a scary world.
A combination of hormonal swings, physical health issues, anxiety about parenting, lack of support, and numerous other challenges mean that many new parents—partners included—develop postpartum depression. Some feel deeply ashamed for not being happy enough. Others seek help and find only stigma and judgement.
With Cbd oil, you can treat postpartum depression in the comfort of your own home. Numerous studies have shown that Cbd may ease depression symptoms. Anhedonia—the inability to feel happiness or joy—is for many new parents the hardest part of postpartum depression. A 2016 study, for example, found that Cbd can promote feelings of happiness in rats. Several other studies of animals suggest that Cbd is a powerful antidepressant that can improve motivation and eliminate feelings of despair.
For many people given birther, the postpartum period is incredibly painful. Cracked nipples from breastfeeding, pain from giving birth, cramps and muscle spasms from a weak pelvic floor, headaches from sleeping in awkward positions and the unending fatigue of it all can make an otherwise happy period incredibly miserable. Researchers have found that Cbd can ease inflammation, which causes both short and long-term pain. Several other studies have linked Cbd use to a decrease in several different types of pain.
Safety matters more than ever when a new baby depends on you. Many new parents worry about the effects of using Cbd. It doesn't help that several agencies have issued statements cautioning against Cbd use. Much like the statements that have been made about placenta consumption. These statements, however, are rooted in and bias, not research. There is no evidence that Cbd is harmful when used in small or moderate doses. This is why we have chosen to handcraft our own Cbd infusions for our products. All of our Placenta+ products are micro-dosed Cbd.
There has not been much research on using Cbd products while Breastfeeding/ Chestfeeding. There is also no evidence of it causing any harm. Learn more about Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding and Cbd