Having a baby should be one of the most enjoyable experiences in life however if you hormones are out of balance which is often the case post-partum, then it can be difficult to cope, let alone enjoy the experience. In this article we look at tips on how to rebalance your hormones naturally and some tips on losing that baby bump.
Having a baby is like cruising along the highway at 100 kilometres an hour and then crashing into a field. Your hormones go from 100 to zero very quickly and your body stuggles to rebalance if you have a history of hormonal issues in the past.
The way to correct this imbalance quickly is to work on your hormone control centre in the brain, the hypothalamus/pituitary axis. All women have this mechanism to balance their hormones in normal life, but it becomes incredibly important post-partum to quickly get your hormones back into a situation where you can manage the new bub without additional fatigue, mood swings, fluid retention and even allowing for the correct flow of milk production and the contraction of the uterus. If your hormones are not balancing it can also make it very hard to lose that baby bump.
During the pregnancy process taking a good natal formula with B vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids prevents any nutritional deficiencies and gives you the best chance of balancing your hormones post labour. Having a nutritious and clean diet is obviously important and also assists post labour in balancing your hormones. Even the diet you have prior to conception is important and we encourage ladies to follow our free 8 week diet and lifestyle program as a preconception diet program for ideal conception and a healthy pregnancy.
Yoga is one of the best activities which can be done through the whole pregnancy and prepares the uterus for the birthing process. Labour can also be very intensive and yoga allows you to maintain your fitness levels in later stages of pregnancy.
Leading up to the labour there is a little secret you can employ as well. The homoepathic medicine, arnica which is typically used to treat injuries and trauma is an excellent tonic to be taken before and after labour to reduce the swelling, bruising and damage to the whole pelvic area.
Although diet and lifestyle are so important sometimes its just not enough to balance your hormones. There are very few natural medicines that can achieve this balance in the brain via the hypothalamus/pituitary axis. Three herbs have the best effect. Cimicifuga racemosa, vitex agnus castus and sage. The combination of the 3 herbs gently signal to the brain to balance your hormones.
Another herb which has been used for centuries can be used to re-tone the uterus and pelvic floor. This herb is called Rubus occidentalis, or commonly known as Raspberry leaves. These 4 herbal medicines are all contained in Happy Hormones so it makes it very easy to take without having to have multiple supplements. It has a beautiful effect to contract the tissues. Silica can be very beneficial for this process as well to accelerate the healing process.
Babies settle largely depending upon the mental state of the mother. If the new mum is stressed and not coping because of hormonal imbalance or stressed with simply being a new mum, this can make the new bub unsettled as well. Nature has provided us with a beautiful herb called passionflower which is a natural nervous system calmer. It does not make you drowsy and via the breast milk has a carminative effect on the bub and bubs digestive system as well. It is very well tolerated and the perfect tonic for new mums. Happy Hormones contains passionflower or it can be taken as a herbal tea along with chamomile tea which can also help milk production and calm a disturbed babies digestion.
Losing the Baby Bump
Despite your best efforts in the gym, it can be hard to shift the baby weight. Its largely a hormonal issue to assist with breast feeding but some womens body’s just don’t realise that you have stopped feeding!! So balancing your hormones is critically important to lose that weight fast. Of course diet and lifestyle are important so this is where our 8 week program is perfect to clean up your diet and and give you some structure to healthy eating rather than just calorie restricting which is not ideal at this phase in your life.
Being a new mum can be a stressful experience but with the right preparation and balancing your hormones as quickly as possible post labour gives you the best chance to enjoy this very special time in life.