How Childbirth Affects Hormones | Estrogen Dominance, Postpartum Thyroiditis & Adrenal Health

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How Childbirth Affects Hormones

If your health began to gradually decline after the birth of your child, you’re not alone.  You may be wondering how childbirth affects hormones and hormonal balance.  The extreme fatigue, recurrent infections, inability to lose weight and menstrual problems are often a shared experience for many women. Rather than placing pharmaceutical band-aids such as sleep aids or antidepressants over individual symptoms, we want to address the underlying cause. Since estrogen dominance is often the first hormonal domino that begins the cascade of symptoms, this is where we will begin.

Estrogen Dominance/Progesterone Deficiency

Much of the hormonal imbalance that develops postpartum is due to estrogen dominance. During pregnancy, the placenta produces progesterone at levels that are many times higher than a woman’s body normally produces. Upon the birth of the baby, the placenta is expelled resulting in an immediate drop in a woman’s progesterone level. This is a common cause of the typical “baby blues” experienced by many women. Progesterone is known for its mood elevating effects. At the same time a woman’s post delivery progesterone levels are in the tank, her estrogen levels remain high. Oftentimes, this imbalance in progesterone and estrogen does not normalize after childbirth. The result is estrogen dominance. The symptoms of estrogen dominance can be cycle related, such as severe menstrual cramps, irregular and heavy periods, premenstrual fluid retention and weight gain or mood-related symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks or depression. Estrogen dominance also becomes a catalyst for many other hormone issues.

Estrogen Dominance Can Cause Hypothyroidism

Estrogen dominance causes the liver to produce increasing levels of thyroid-binding globulin (TBG). And the name tells you what it does: it binds thyroid hormone. Once thyroid hormone is bound in the blood, it is no longer free to enter the cells to be used as energy for your body. For this reason, many women begin to develop postpartum thyroiditis and the symptoms of low thyroid prior to giving birth.

Estrogen Dominance Can Cause Adrenal Fatigue

In the same way that hypothyroidism can develop after giving birth, estrogen dominance also plays a role in postpartum adrenal fatigue. High levels of estrogen causes an increase in levels of cortisol-binding globulin which – you guessed it – binds cortisol in the blood. The amount of free cortisol available to enter the cell membranes and activate receptors inside the cell is now greatly diminished. In addition, estrogen dominance interferes with the release of cortisol from the adrenal cortex. Another key fact is that cortisol is made from progesterone. When progesterone levels dramatically decline after pregnancy, so does cortisol production. Whether it is an inhibited output of cortisol from the adrenal cortex, an overall decrease in cortisol production or whether cortisol is bound in the bloodstream, all follow with the same result: adrenal fatigue.

Hormonal imbalance can affect every system in your body so the symptoms are often seemingly unrelated. Symptoms may include everything from hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, depression and anxiety, to menstrual problems such as heavy periods, cyclical migraines and cramping.

Onset of Allergies

While this connection may not at first be apparent, the onset of allergies is a common symptom that many women experience gradually after childbirth. While you’ve been busy achieving milestones in your life, the symptoms of seasonal allergies may be increasing over the years as well.

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5 thoughts on “How Childbirth Affects Hormones | Estrogen Dominance, Postpartum Thyroiditis & Adrenal Health

  1. Leili

    Thank you for useful information
    Recently I had an abortion 4 month a go.can it be the reason of my hormonal imbalance?can it be progestrone deficiency?does abortion pills cause sterogen dominate?

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  2. Cori

    Thank you for this post. It sounds very much like what has happened to me. Can you share how to prevent this from happening after having a baby?

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    • Hotze Team

      Dear Cori,

      Thank you for your question. If you are having symptoms of hormone deficiency and imbalance, then the solution is to supplement with the hormones you need to restore your body back to balance. We have had great success in treating women with bioidentical hormones, which are identical to those made by your body.

      Please take our symptom checker to help you identify your symptoms and the possible cause: http://www.hotzehwc.com/symptom-checker/

      If we may be of service to you, please contact our wellness consultants at 281-698-8698. We will be happy to help you!

      Sincerely,

      Hotze Team

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  3. Vivek

    Thank you for your post. But Please tell estrogen dominance after Childbirth is common or rare problem in Womens?.. And also tell me, it will causes the Obesity in Womens after Childbirth?..

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    • Hotze Team

      Dear Vivek,

      Thank you for your questions. Hormone imbalance is common in women after childbirth. Yes, hormone imbalance can cause weight gain, as well as many other symptoms, such as fatigue, brain fog, depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, and more. Please take our symptom checker quiz to find out if you have symptoms of hormone decline and imbalance: https://www.hotzehwc.com/summit

      If we may be of service to you, please contact our Wellness Consultants at 281-698-8698 for a complimentary wellness consultation.

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      To your health,

      Hotze Team

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