Our hormones go through all sorts of changes during pregnancy and postpartum. Good news is there are a few things you can do to help balance those pesky postpartum hormones [make sure you chat to your GP first].
By Charlotte Cruz
First things first – give yourself a break. Your beautiful body has been through a lot, and it takes time for hormones to get back to normal. Just remember that it’ll happen eventually, so hang in there.
If you choose to and are able to breastfeed, that will help balance hormones like oxytocin and prolactin.
“High stress can mess with your hormones, so think about trying some relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or gentle yoga.”
Food can make a big difference, too. A balanced diet with plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can work wonders for your hormonal health. Don’t forget those vitamins and minerals, things like vitamin D, calcium, and omega-3s!
Movement is also your friend – even though you might be feeling extra tired. Regular, moderate workouts can help reduce stress, lift your mood, and support those hormone levels. Just make sure to check with your healthcare provider before starting any new routines … you need to look after your postpartum self.
Sleep is super important, too [although it might be tough to come by]. So prioritise good rest when you can – it can do wonders for your hormones. They tell us to sleep when the baby’s sleeping for a reason.
Stress management can be a game-changer. High stress can mess with your hormones, so think about trying some relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or gentle yoga.
Finally, if you’re feeling really off, don’t hesitate to reach out to a healthcare professional. They can help you figure out what’s going on and suggest treatments or lifestyle changes that’ll work best for you.