Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a phrase you never want to hear when pregnant, and understandably so. Pregnancy already is no walk in the park, and any type of complications comes with a set of worries and fears. Peripartum cardiomyopathy is rare but not unheard of, and doctors are well-versed in the symptoms and treatments. There are even a number of natural remedies that may assist in the recovery process, such as hemp leaf. Many new mothers already use CBD for energy and other uses, but it could also contribute to recovery as well.
What is Peripartum Cardiomyopathy?
Peripartum cardiomyopathy may sound concerning and rare, but symptoms range from mild to severe, and most women quickly recover. Any health conditions during pregnancy or following birth, including peripartum cardiomyopathy, will be closely monitored by your cardiologist and other health care providers.
According to John Hopkins Medicine, Peripartum Cardiomyopathy is a “weakness of the heart muscle that by definition begins sometime during the final month of pregnancy through about five months after delivery, without any other known cause.” This condition could develop at any point during this period, but commonly arises directly after birth. While doctors are not sure why this condition exists, they are able to monitor and treat you. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and treatment and recovery period varies for each individual. Recovery ranges from a few weeks to many months.
For those who suffer from peripartum cardiomyopathy, their hearts may be working at as little as 60% capacity. This means less blood pumps from the heart and throughout the body. This leads to weakness and can cause a number of other health issues. Most women recover quickly from this condition. Symptoms include:
- Swelling of the feet
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness and fatigue
Speak to your doctor if you experience moderate or severe symptoms such as the ones above. Even if your condition is mild, treatment and monitoring is necessary for recovery. Your cardiologist may prescribe beta blockers, diuretics, or other medications for recovery. You may also, under the recommendation of your doctor, incorporate natural remedies such as full spectrum hemp leaf products.
Full Spectrum Hemp Leaf and CBD for Recovery
Your doctor may recommend natural remedies in combination with other traditional remedies and treatments. Full spectrum hemp leaf has many potential wellness benefits, and could assist with recovery. CBD and pregnancy comes with risks and potential benefits, so always consult your physician before implementing hemp leaf into your regimen. Taking CBD on a daily basis may help you boost your recovery timeline and may potentially relieve certain symptoms and negative health issues.
For example, full spectrum hemp products may present benefits in the areas of:
- Cellular recovery
- Pain relief
- Tissue health
Research shows that CBD may also be cardioprotective. In addition to these potential benefits, many women use CBD for energy, pain relief, and assistance with sleeping or appetite.
When ingested into the body, scientists believe that CBD molecules bind with natural receptors in the body. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a molecule found in cannabis called a cannabinoid. Modern American hemp plants contain a high percentage of CBD, as well as small amounts of other cannabinoids. Once in the body, these molecules bind with the receptors in our endocrine system that naturally produce and secrete cannabinoids on their own. A phytocannabinoid like CBD mimics natural cannabinoids and binds with these hormonal receptors.
From there, scientists are still working to determine exactly how CBD affects hormonal signals and functions ranging from appetite to growth to neurological function. However, preliminary evidence and anecdotal reports suggest that full spectrum hemp leaf products make a great addition to overall wellness regimens.
Article written by: Kashif Ehsen and Hailey Groo
Kashif Ehsen is an SEO expert, writer, researcher and lifelong learner with ongoing curiosity to learn new things. His works as a content marketer and copywriter are highly regarded. Currently representing USA hemp, an Oregon based hemp farm, he has used his curiosity combined with his age-long experience in the CBD field to write about various subjects on many major blogs.
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