This post has been a long time coming.
We’ve talked about it in detail on the podcast, but I also wanted to write a blog post about it.
It’s a subject so many of you have asked about. Hormones, thyroid & insulin resistance.
Yes, I did an entire solo podcast episode which you should definitely listen to but I also wanted to summarize all the takeaways here.
It goes without saying that I am not a doctor. I am just sharing my experience with hormones & what I’ve discovered post-birth. So obviously check with the doctor, do your own research.
In fact, I got a hormone specialist involved, and that was very helpful. So be your own guru & advocate for yourself.
One of The Best Things I Ever Did Was Get My Hormones Checked
The Skinny Confidential Talks Hormones:
♡ I had such an easy, magical pregnancy & an insane birth, it couldn’t have gone better. And so I just thought my recovery is going to be easy. SHOCKER: it wasn’t.
♡ Right after the baby came I felt like I was wearing a costume. I go into my entire body image experience, but I also felt tired, anxious ( like the sound of the doorbell sent me over the edge ), & just real fucking shitty. Turns out it was more than just a little postpartum anxiety.
♡ My neck was swollen & that’s why I got my hormones checked. Someone at Pilates pointed this out to me & I just brushed it off. This woman kept pestering me to go get my levels checked ( thank god ) & so I finally did. This is when my life changed & I became so relieved to find out that I was low in thyroid, progesterone & estrogen.
♡ For a 2-pronged approach, I also started seeing a Chinese medicine doctor. This has stocked my toolbox with all the tools I need to balance my hormones & get back to being a happy, clear-headed person with energy. In fact, I go into the supplements I was given by this doctor & my hormone specialst.
♡ Keep getting them checked because a lot of things can affect your hormones. You want to go back every 2-3 months. It’s not a one & done type thing. Even the environment also affects our hormones.
Be sure to listen to the podcast because I dive way deeper into all the points above.
The point is, after getting my hormones checked, I went from crying & feeling anxious every day while also looking like a slob with a rat’s nest on her head to feeling 100%.
Sure, a lot of women describe a type of ‘fog’ that comes over you after having a baby, but it’s not always normal. To talk about this now with some much clarity makes me realize that I was NOT OKAY.
So if you’re out there, reading or listening, & feeling depressed, anxious, tired AF & just not yourself, I want you to know that it’s normal that you aren’t feeling normal – but you can totally get help. It will also change your life, I promise.
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+ if you’re interested in the postpartum journey you have to check out Dr. Alyssa Berlin.
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