Here is what I’m currently taking to try to fend off the postpartum anxiety that has appeared within the past few days:
Rainbow Light prenatal vitamins –very high quality (read “expensive”) food-based vitamins that you take 3X a day with meals
Fish Oil capsules 3X day
Vitamin D3– 4,000 – 6,000 IU per day
extra calcium and magnesium. The Rainbow Light vitamins have a total of 1,000 mg calcium and 500 mg magnesium. I’m adding another 250-500 mg magnesium in the evening in addition to what is in the RL vitamins. Back in 2011, I spoke with a Postpartum wellness counselor who recommended a very specific ratio of calcium and magnesium, which I’ve now forgotten. She seemed to have a lot of expertise in nutrition, and I remember she said something about women having too much copper after giving birth, and the calcium-magnesium supplements help correct this imbalance. If I continue to have trouble, I may contact her again.
1 cup of St. John’s Wort tea (I actually purchased some standardized extract in capsules, but my midwife said they don’t recommend SJW, so I’m holding off on that)
Florajen 3 probiotic (this needs to be refrigerated)
…and of course, anticipating that I would need extra support, I had my placenta encapsulated, and I am taking those capsules every day