Post childbirth is one of the most common situations for women to have hormonal imbalances. The endocrine system and hormonal levels need to go through a major adjustment following the birth.

‘Hormonal balance can mean the difference between a happy or stressful time first 3 months’

Childbirth places a heavy burden on the physical body and the coming first 3 months can be one of the most stressful times in a women’s life with lack of sleep and breastfeeding strains.

During pregnancy the foetus constantly demands nutrition despite the mother often already suffering from nutritional deficiencies. As women tend to have children later in life nowadays there is a greater chance the woman is going to be nutrient deficient. This can be seen by the increasing ratio of birth defects in older women.

It is important for all women to follow a comprehensive preconception program to maximise their endocrine health for 3 to 6 months prior to conceiving to minimise the chances of complications and maximise the chance of a healthy child. A good preconception program and correct pregnancy supplementation maximises nutritional levels and balances hormone levels which is important once the child is born to allow the body to recover fully. Our 8 week program is the perfect preconception diet and lifestyle that can be followed by both the mother and father to be.

When a woman is already nutritionally deficient prior to conception, there are much higher chances of post pregnancy hormonal imbalances. The increasing rates of post natal depression are associated with nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances. Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, B vitamins and essential fatty acids are the most important nutritional requirements during pregnancy.

A woman does not have to have post natal depression to have a hormonal imbalance. The simple process of the body readjusting hormone levels post pregnancy requires a balanced endocrine system. Hormonal imbalances can develop very easily if the endocrine system was imbalanced prior to pregnancy or affected during pregnancy.

Even if a woman manages to come through a pregnancy without any degree of hormonal imbalance, the act of raising children can contribute to disrupting endocrine balance. Poor sleep, nutrient deficiency from breast feeding, stress and often poor eating through time restriction can all lead to hormonal shifts. The whole process of pregnancy, childbirth and rearing children seems to be a bit of a design fault when you look at the complications which can occur!!

Happy Hormones is an excellent tonic pre and post pregnancy to ensure the endocrine system is in top shape for the experience and is a simple tool for when things go wrong post pregnancy. I highly recommend yoga during pregnancy every day if possible. Yoga opens up the pelvis and prepares the body for childbirth.

Having a balanced hormonal system also assists with creating the most ideal environment for breast feeding. Post labour, your bodies ability to manufacture milk can depend on many factors however hormonal balance is critical.

Raspberry leaves are another excellent tonic for the uterus and should be taken everyday during pregnancy.

A little bit of preparation makes for a much smoother process of pregnancy and reduces the chances of post childbirth hormonal imbalances, especially relating to post natal depression.

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About Jeff Butterworth:

Jeff Butterworth B.App. Sc, N.D is a Naturopath with over 20 years experience specialising in treating hormonal disorders. Jeff developed the Happy Hormones program after discovering a unique way of treating hormonal disorders - by focusing on endocrine balance rather than hormonal levels - which gives long-lasting and dramatic results.