If you thought your health woes are over after giving birth to a baby, you will be in for a shock as hormones continue to play truant with the body. Underneath the happiness of having a baby in your hands is the fact that your health is still delicate and needs utmost care.
You are likely to experience some abrupt changes in your body post delivery. Read on to know more as MomJunction has everything that you need to understand about hormonal imbalance and its correction.
Hormones After Pregnancy:
After childbirth, if you experience severe mood swings and fatigue, you should not be surprised as it is quite normal. You should be aware of the fact that childbirth disturbs your hormonal balance. Some of the distressful symptoms may include extreme fatigue, menstrual problems, inability to lose weight, and recurrent infections.
Here we discuss the changes in hormones after birth:
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Estrogen And Progesterone:
- Most of the postpartum uneasiness results from the estrogen dominance.
- During pregnancy, the placenta produces high levels of progesterone. After childbirth, the placenta gets expelled from your body, leading to a sudden drop in your progesterone level.
- Such an unexpected hormonal imbalance leads to typical “baby blues”.
- Progesterone controls the brain chemicals and improves mood. But post delivery, the imbalance of both estrogen and progesterone leads to several discomforts.
- Some of the symptoms of estrogen dominance include unwanted weight gain, mood swings, depression, heavy periods, and severe menstrual cramps.
- Estrogen dominance also triggers higher production of thyroid-binding globulin (TBG) by your liver. Hence, many women suffer from Postpartum Thyroiditis.
- Elevated levels of estrogen also uplift the level of cortisol binding globulin and you can suffer from hypothyroidism.
Common Body Changes Experienced After Delivery:
After the childbirth, you may experience some of these changes in your body:
1. Physical Changes:
- Sore breasts
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Vaginal discharge
2. Emotional Changes:
- Baby Blues
- Postpartum depression
Postpartum Distress Syndrome:
After childbirth, the immense hormonal imbalance that you go through has a direct impact on your brain chemicals that control your emotions and moods. You are at a higher risk of having severe mood swings.
Here are some of the impacts of postpartum distress syndrome:
- The rapid hormonal changes that occur during and after pregnancy induce the condition of postpartum distress syndrome.
- You may experience some of the typical symptoms of baby blues, such as loss of appetite, irritability, oversensitivity, low self-esteem, and crying spells.
- Researchers conclude that most of these symptoms usually fade away within the first few weeks after childbirth. But if your condition gets worse by the day, seek medical assistance.
- If you experience symptoms such as loss of appetite or disturbed sleep, you can be afflicted with postpartum depression and it is best to visit a doctor.
Why Hormonal Changes Lead To Postpartum Distress Syndrome:
After the delivery, your hormonal levels of estrogen and progesterone change abruptly. During pregnancy, these hormonal levels remain at their peak. But after childbirth, the level gradually reaches an optimum level within the first 24 hours after delivery. Due to the sudden surge of the hormonal imbalance, you can suffer from severe to mild postpartum distress syndrome. The severe form of PDS leads to postpartum depression that occurs due to the sudden drop of the thyroid hormones.
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11 Simple Tips To Restore Hormonal Balance After Pregnancy:
Hormonal imbalance can cause many problems. Let’s look at how you can prevent this imbalance:
Walking and some light exercises are very helpful, but you should never try heavy cardiac exercises. Some of the other exercises that you can practice post-delivery are kettle bells, squats, light-weight lifting, and resistance exercises.
2. Avoid White Food:
Gynecologists strongly suggest avoiding white foods such as bread, pasta, milk, rice, as far as possible.
3. Control Your Caffeine Intake:
You should control your urge to intake caffeine as it promotes cortisol levels, and also hampers the activities of the thyroid glands.
4. Taking Necessary Supplements:
Supplements such as evening primrose oil, Omega-3s, MACA, chaste berry have an excellent effect on your hormone regulation. But before you decide to take these, do remember that supplements should not be taken without a doctor’s advice.
5. Coconut Oil:
Unsaturated fats and quality cholesterol such as coconut oil and avocados help you retain hormonal balance.
[ Read: Common Body Changes After Pregnancy ]
6. Vitamin D:
The presence of vitamin D has a significant effect on hormonal stability as it acts as a hormone. Besides enjoying your time in the morning sun (sun rays are prime sources of vitamin D), you can also take supplements prescribed by your doctor.
7. Less Stress:
Get proper sleep and rest and keep away stress as much as possible. It can keep the cortisol levels in your body under control.
8. Stop Taking Additional Pills:
Taking additional pills is a grave mistake. You should never take any medicine or change your medication during and post pregnancy, unless your doctor advises you to do so. Consulting your doctor before taking or changing pills is the most sensible thing to do.
9. Avoid Taking Polyunsaturated Fats:
After pregnancy, you need to avoid these fats, as they contain a high percentage of Omega-6s, and they can interfere with the functioning of your endocrine system. Some of the foods that contain polyunsaturated fats are margarine, vegetable oil and peanut oil.
10. Intake Of Fiber-Rich Foods:
Fiber helps in binding your old estrogen so that your body has ample space to hold the other hormones in your bloodstream. Fibrous foods also eliminate the unwanted toxins from your body, and you can remain healthy and energized.
[ Read: New Moms diet After Delivery ]
11. Get Acupuncture:
It is a well-known Chinese treatment that cures hormonal imbalance after your delivery. A perfect combination of needling, natural herbs, and moxibustion can help you get rid of postpartum distress syndrome.
Did you experience any adverse effects of hormonal imbalance after pregnancy? What measures did you adopt? Tell us here.
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