Having a baby leads to the single most drastic shift in hormones in your entire life.
These extreme swings mean lots of emotional changes.Disrupted sleep (this is happening anyway, let's be real), stress, breastfeeding all create a soupy hormonal mix that can leave us weeping at times, full of love, worry, and lots of sweat.
Breastfeeding welcomes more hormonal changes. Rather than getting overly concerned about what hormone does what, it's more important to know they work together.
Estrogen and Progesterone drop severely in the first days after baby, and while it can take some time for things to settle down. The shifts will be unsettling but awareness of what is physically going on in your body is a key grounding tactic.
Important to note:
Water, fats and regular trips to the bathroom are factors here. We also may have other things to contend with like medication. Did you know Estrogen leaves the body via 💩. If you have tearing from delivery, sticking with these softly cooked, oiled (fat) foods , staying well hydrated will help.
Stress management plays a huge role in hormone balance.
Even the most prepared and supported birthgivers can struggle with the following...
Sleep deprivation, anxiety surrounding new baby, familial role changes, stress related to going back to work, maintaining a household, isolation, and so much more.
Stress disrupts ovulation which again, impedes progesterone production and allows estrogen to creep higher and higher contributing unwanted symptoms.
By rebuilding the gut, we are also balancing hormones.
Deep Rest = Less Stress
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Prenatal is going to help.
Don't skip meals, a stable blood sugar will work in your favor.
Consider adaptogens, magnesium and DHA