Given the intense hormonal changes your body goes through during pregnancy, it is quite common to experience hormonal imbalances that impact your overall experience and potentially create new symptoms throughout the process. Learn more about which hormones change and the impacts they can have below!
HPA Axis dysfunction
Also known as adrenal fatigue syndrome, this condition is a quite common result of pregnancy. The HPA axis works to regulate the body’s stress response, digestion, immunity, and more, often resulting in the “fight or flight” response. During pregnancy and postpartum, stressor in the environment, particularly relating to perceived danger to the baby, can result in a rise or overproduction of cortisol. If consistently high and sustained, this can lead to imbalances in cortisol levels, manifesting itself through fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, low libido, and more.
Adapting your lifestyle to include stress relieving activities and exercises can be beneficial in reducing this imbalance and helping you live your daily life!
Your thyroid is also a key regulator of pregnancy and influences the metabolism and growth of the baby. Thyroid hormones are released in greater quantities during pregnancy, which can often lead to hypothyroidism after birth.
Hypothyroidism often occurs when the body cannot produce the amount of thyroid hormones the pituitary gland is asking the body to release, thus creating a wide range of symptoms during postpartum. These include fatigue, depression, weight gain, hair loss, and heavy periods.
If you are experiencing such symptoms and are unable to live your daily life, consider visiting a physician to determine if treatment plans are right for you.