Having a baby leads to the single most drastic shift in hormones in your entire life
These extreme wings 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.
Coming off an all time high in pregnancy, it can take some time to settle in. There is a drastic drop in estrogen once baby is here, essentially returning to pregnancy levels as quickly as ???/ (a week/?)
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, making sure you are sticking with these softly cooked, oiled (fat) with lots of water is how how we manage to make 💩. (Also consider a nightly magnesium citrate)
Estrogen dominance is not uncommon in the postpartum.
Stress management plays a huge role in hormone balance. Even the most prepared mothers struggle with sleep, anxiety surrounding new baby and familial role changes, stress related to going back to work, maintaining a household, etc.
Stress disrupts ovulation which again, impedes progesterone production and allows estrogen to creep higher and higher causing unwanted symptoms.
Sleep management / Sleep
By rebuilding the gut, we are also balancing hormones.
Deep Rest = Less Stress
Prenatal is going to help with
Don't skip meals, a stable blood sugar will work in your favor.
Consider adaptogens, magnesium and DHA