Christy-Anna Horne — a mother of two who lives in Colorado Springs — loves to hike, cook, work in her herb garden, and play with her kids. But after the birth of her second child, postpartum emotional and physical issues kept her from many of the activities she enjoys.
Thankfully, when her midwife pointed her toward WishGarden Herbs' ReBalance Postpartum Hormonal remedy, Christy-Anna says she experienced a "night and day" difference.
Christy-Anna Horne and her kids.
Originally from Houston, Christy-Anna says that most of the women on her mother's side of the family take a holistic approach to wellness. Her mom is a health coach, and her cousin has her doctorate in naturopathic medicine (called an ND or NMD).
"I've always found that approaching things naturally tends to be more effective," Christy-Anna says.
So it wasn't particularly surprising when she chose a midwife for her second pregnancy and delivery. Not only was she disappointed with the traditional OB/Gyn experience the first time around, but this time, she also had to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I ended up going the midwife route in-part because of the pandemic," Christy-Anna explains. "I had no interest in going to the hospital and dealing with that added risk while everything was on lockdown."
What did come as a surprise was what happened next. Before and after the birth of her daughter (now one and a half), Christy-Anna experienced hormone-related mood issues — something that hadn't happened during her first pregnancy with her son (now three).
"My hormones were out of whack for my entire pregnancy, and then afterwards I was just overwhelmed," Christy-Anna says. "I could not for the life of me come up with an appropriate emotional response for anything."
To make matters worse, her infant daughter was diagnosed with failure to thrive (when a child's weight or rate of weight gain is significantly below that of other children of similar age and sex).
"Between all of the doctors' appointments to try to figure out what was going on with her, I didn't really have time to check in with myself and figure out what was something going on with me," Christy-Anna says.
"ReBalancing" Postpartum Hormone Levels
It wasn't until a few months later that it finally dawned on Christy-Anna that she was struggling with postpartum issues. She emailed her midwife, who suggested she try WishGarden's ReBalance herbal formula, which is crafted to support healthy hormone levels and promote a sense of well-being after birth.
"After the first serving, it was like night and day," she says. "I felt like I could think clearly again!"
ReBalance also helped with an issue Christy-Anna hadn't even realized was tied to hormone issues.
"I was getting these tension headaches, from clenching my jaw, which I've never had an issue with in the past," she says. "But after starting on ReBalance, that also went away. I looked into it and found that it can be symptomatic of estrogen dominance. And because it's hormone-related, it's actually a fairly common problem for women, especially postpartum."
Christy-Anna continued taking ReBalance until her daughter was finished breastfeeding. Then, she switched to WishGarden's PMS Emotional formula.
"After I stopped breastfeeding, my hormonal issues became more cyclical," Christy-Anna explains. "I would start clenching my jaw and getting those hormone headaches about a week before my period. When I started taking the PMS formula, it balanced my hormones out."
Christy-Anna has one piece of advice for other new moms struggling with postpartum issues: "Don't be quiet about it. Don't suffer in silence because you feel like there's something wrong with you. There's not. But there probably is something wrong with your hormones. Because of that, I recommend ReBalance. I think it can benefit all women postpartum, and I give it to all of my friends who are having a baby!"
Whole-herb Remedies for the Whole Family
Now, Christy-Anna is back to all her favorite activities. She grows Rosemary, Thyme, Cilantro, and other cooking herbs in her garden, and she's been getting creative in the kitchen with Middle Eastern spices like Turmeric.
"And a lot of garlic," she adds with a laugh. "Lots of garlic."
She's also gotten the rest of her family onboard with herbal remedies.
"I've got my husband completely hooked on Kick-Ass Immune Activator," Christy-Anna says. "Any time he gets a sniffle, that knocks it right out." And I've started giving both of my children the Kick-It Immune for Kids, which has been super helpful. If either of them seem to be coming down with something, I'll give them that, and usually by the next day they're fine."
"I was fairly new to WishGarden when I started using ReBalance, so it's been fun trying the different formulas," Christy-Anna says. "I've been really impressed with how well the tinctures work. And how quickly!"
Christy-Anna Horne and her daughter with some of their favorite WishGarden Herbs formulas.
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Valerie Gleaton is a professional writer and editor. She has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also earned a certificate in science and environmental reporting.
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