The Good, The Bad, and The Bump. Hormones During Pregnancy.

Hormones. Who needs them? Well it turns out that we all do. Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that work their way through the blood system to the organs and tissue in our body. These messengers send signals to our organs and different tissue to do their job. Hormones can affect many different things when it comes to the body, such as reproduction, metabolism, sexual function, and even our MOOD! Fun Fact, did you know that women produce more Estrogen during pregnancy than they do in their entire life! That's a lot of Estrogen.

Estrogen and Progesterone are the main hormones during pregnancy. During the first trimester these hormones increase very rapidly. They contribute to that lovely pregnancy glow, they transfer nutrients to the baby, and also support the development of your growing little one. These hormones are helpful but they can also cause mood swings which means we can go from raising hell to crying our eyes out.

There are several different ways to help keep those raging hormones in tact. Be sure to get as much sleep as you can. Sleep deprivation can lead to anxiety and depression so make sure that you catch some zzzzzzzzzzzz's.

Get some physical exercise. Walking for fifteen to thirty minutes a day. Regular exercise helps prevent and manage so many things, from diabetes to depression. So get out there and get some Vitamin D!

This next one is a given, but I don't think many of us take into consideration what the things that we choose to eat actually do to us. I also understand that there are some foods that people are allergic to, have an intolerance to, or just plain out do not like. Create smoothies, meals, and snacks that work for you. Wild caught fish and grass fed chicken, turkey, or beef. Beans and lentils are good options as well. Look for bright colored veggies! Any of the bell peppers, tomatoes, and carrots. Leafy green veggies are great options too. Try to avoid too much sugar and caffeine as they can make things like anxiety worse.

This one is my favorite. Meditation! As someone who myself has had battles with anxiety, meditation has helped me tremendously. I hear a lot of people wondering if they are doing it "right". There is no right or wrong way to meditate. Everyone has their own way of doing things, so you have to find what works for you. I sit in a quiet space, sometimes with guided meditation music and sometimes in silence. I start by taking a deep breath and focusing my intention on clearing my mind. I started out at just five minutes a day. Now I've moved up to ten minutes. However you don't have to do that. Five minutes is fine enough. You don't have to spend hours sitting criss cross applesauce to accomplish the goal. It's about relaxation.

Last but not least, spend time with those that make you feel your best, or spend time doing things that you love. Hanging out with close friends and family is always great. Continuing your hobbies or even trying new ones works well too. It's all about letting go, having fun, and living with purpose.

Okay hot momma's! That's all for now. Until next time sending you all peace, love, and light!

Tiffany Underwood

Certified Pregnancy Health Coach

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