When you’re up, you’re up, when you’re down, you’re down. Postpartum hormones are no joke. One minute you are on top of the world and the next minute you aren’t sure if you are cut out for this mom thing.
Being able to understand and navigate the world of postpartum hormones can be the key to getting through this very trying time. If you are able to anticipate the changes and not feel ashamed this can make a world of difference. If someone had keyed me into what was about to go down, it probably wouldn’t have felt so difficult and lonely.
So, for all those soon to be mamas and mamas in the thick of it, here are a few of the hormonal changes to expect over the course of several months postpartum.
- Emotions- yeah those things don’t go back to normal for a very long time. With your hormones all over the place and a number of other contributing factors such as, fatigue, nutrient depletion, a newborn and stress you’re bound to feel very high highs and very low lows.
- Body- your body endured 9 months of growing a human and then one of the most intense events ever. Needless to say, it will need some time to recover. Your hormones will eventually stabilize but in the beginning they are in flight or fight mode so they will hold onto weight until things settle down.
- Hair loss- My husband refers to this as the chewbacca phase because that’s what it looks like is living in our shower drain. With me this occurred at 3 months and doesn’t stop for several months but everyone is different.
- Skin- As your hormones adjust your skin is usually the first place it shows. Extreme dryness or even a bout of acne can take place.
- Fatigue- I think this speaks for itself. The newborn phase is tough.
- Sex drive- A lack of sex drive is mother nature’s way of keeping you from getting knocked up too soon. A combination of exhaustion, stress and post delivery hormones are enough to make anyone not in the mood.
- Night sweats- There are many nights in the first few weeks after having each of my children where I woke up drenched. At first I thought I peed myself because yes it’s that much fluid. I never said anything because I never heard anyone else mention this happening to them. I was embarrassed and would get up in the middle of the night and change my clothes and pretend like nothing happened. It wasn’t until I mentioned it to a fellow new mommy that I knew I wasn’t alone.
The important thing to remember is, there is no way to get rid of hormones but rather learning to navigate these changes is important. Seeking the advice of a medical professional is the best option to better understand your particular hormones. For me, maintaining a healthy diet and consistent exercise plan was the best way for me to ensure I remained sane during this time.
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