November 24, 2014

Balancing Hormones Naturally {for Moms}

Women’s Hormonal Detoxification and Balancing Program

By Contributing Writer, Candace

When I was a youngin’, pregnant with our first child, I remember teasing my husband one day, quipping that “wasn’t he glad that I didn’t cry at the drop of a hat like those other pregnant women?”  My intention wasn’t to be rude or arrogant, I just simply didn’t understand why that happened to some women.

I didn’t experience hormonal issues back then. In fact, I didn’t until about my sixth pregnancy.  Near the end of that pregnancy, I began feeling angry for no apparent reason. I realized then that I was experiencing the dreaded hormonal shifts that I had only heard other women talk about.  Even still, it wasn’t too bad, and it was usually short lived.

Each pregnancy following, I would experience those irritable and angry feelings a little sooner in the pregnancy than the one before.  It was getting worse.  Those shifts were so unpredictable in my third trimesters that I knew I needed to do something about them or else my poor family would suffer.  Or tie me up and throw me in the closet.

After my last pregnancy, I began experiencing the shifts at random times throughout my cycle. This was no longer a pregnancy issue; it was now invading normal life.  Sometimes I could pinpoint it to a particular time in my cycle, and other times, it was completely random.  I knew that my body could simply be adjusting since I am still nursing, and I also knew that I was now the big 40. But symptoms progressed.  Sometimes I would feel angry, and other times I would feel depressed.  I knew in my mind that I was dealing with unbalanced hormones, so in some ways, that made it easier.  But a couple of times, it progressed to the point that I could no longer see truth and reality.  I had to do something.

I want to share all the ways in which I have dealt with hormonal issues from the early mildest days to the more recent severe days. And ultimately, share how I’ve balanced my hormones, finally!

Diet

I know this one is common sense.  If we feed our bodies what they need, we feel better.  But I still want to stress the importance of eating a balanced diet.  Of course, lots of colorful fruits and vegetables are most important.  Leafy greens and beans provide Phyto-estrogens, which are similar in structure to estrogen.  Proteins such as chicken, salmon, eggs, nuts and seeds help to keep hormones balanced.  B-6 rich foods like walnuts and whole grains help maintain the estrogen-progesterone balance.  Remember to keep in mind that high-sugar foods and caffeine can exacerbate hormonal imbalance.  This is important because those are the things we crave when imbalanced.

Calcium and Magnesium

During my sixth pregnancy, when I began experiencing irritability and anger in those last couple of weeks of pregnancy, my doctor and midwife both recommended calcium and magnesium.  They said it has a calming effect on the brain.  And these are nutrients that can easily become depleted during pregnancy.  They were right.  It was just what I needed to get through that time.  You can find these supplements at any store.
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Red Raspberry

If you’ve ever been treated by a midwife during pregnancy, you know that she will tell you to drink your Red Raspberry Leaf Tea.  Red Raspberry is a natural hormone stabilizer.  It is rich in B-complex vitamins and contains carotenoids, citric acid, fragrine, pectin, tannins and vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E.  Also, an easily assimilated form of calcium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon and sulfur.  If I was faithful in drinking my tea or taking my capsules, I would notice a huge difference in how I felt hormonally.  I haven’t been able to find this in grocery stores anymore, so I usually have to order it from Beeyoutiful or my local vitamin shop.

Evening Primrose Oil

Both of my older girls have used EPO to treat PMS with great success.  If they noticed symptoms creeping up, they would take 1-2 capsules a day.  You can find these at any store.

St. John’s Wort

About the time I began having hormonal shifts while not pregnant, a friend reminded me about St. John’s Wort.  I had heard about its effects on helping mild depression, but had forgotten about it.  Once reminded, I began taking just one capsule a day whenever I felt blue.  It worked.  In fact, I was at a doctor’s appointment, and had told my beloved doctor that I had been experiencing some mild depression.  I told him I started taking St. John’s Wort, and he replied, “That’s exactly what I would have recommended.”  You can purchase this at any grocery store.

YW (Young Woman)

Over the last several months, I have been dealing with what I would consider to be severe hormonal shifts.  I think several factors have contributed to this:  Nursing, stress, lack of sleep, age, and not running since my daughter left for college (she was my babysitter).  Basically, my hormones have been WHACK!  The worst it’s ever been.  The irritability, anxiety, and anger would strike at any given moment and I became every one’s least favorite person.  A few months prior, I had received a FB message from my best friend telling me about a tincture she had been taking to treat the same hormonal problems I was having.  She said it was a miracle for her, and that she didn’t have any of the symptoms she was having before.  Thankfully, I happened across this message and knew that I needed to order this stuff.  I have now been drinking it for a month and it has made such a difference.  I don’t feel angry for no reason, and life just feels….well….NORMAL!

I drink one dropper full mixed in a small amount of water each day.  As I neared my new cycle, I noticed that I was having some increased symptoms, but not nearly as severe.  I increased my dosage to two droppers full, one in the evening and one at night, and that did the trick.

You can learn more about this tincture, ordering, dosage, its natural ingredients, and how long to take it here.

Progessence Plus

I have not used this, but the reason I’m including it here is because I have heard many testimonies about how well this is working for women.  One friend calls it the “marriage saver”.  When I recently began experiencing severe imbalances, this was what I had planned to order.  The reason I didn’t was because the YW tincture was less expensive, so I thought I’d try it first.  If you’re interested in learning more about Progessence Plus, click here.

 

Moms, getting our hormones back in check is vital to what we’re called to do every day.  Despite my best efforts to practice self-control, I felt completely out of control.  And I couldn’t think clearly.  I am thankful to feel normal again, and I pray that if you’re suffering from hormonal imbalances, you’ll find these suggestions helpful.

Stay well.

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*Disclaimer:  Material in this article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical care. Information in this article is general as it can not address each individual’s situation and needs.  I encourage anyone suffering from hormonal symptoms or depression to seek professional advice.*
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Comments

  1. Thanks I needed this!

  2. Exactly what I needed. I have had such issues with my last two pregnancies, and it takes longer and longer to resolve itself. I’m ready to pull out the big guns and get this taken care of. Off to brew some red raspberry tea and take my cal/mag.

  3. I had an emotional breakdown this morning because of challenges with my strong willed four year old and I literally just got online to do some hormone research. Ever since my 2nd child was born my hormones have be CRAZY. I have about one week out of the month where I’m ‘normal.’ If I’m not normal, then I’m angry, overly sensitive, tired, bloated, craving junk food…you name it. I’m so tired of feeling this way! Thanks so much for the info!

    • Oh Jessica, how I relate to this. I was having ONE normal week too (sometimes less) out the whole month, but now most days are good days. This past month, I had about three off days, a HUGE improvement for me. I just feel better. I’m so thankful! I pray these help you!

  4. Great information!!!

  5. I know you mentioned that you are nursing…are all of these safe to take while nursing? I have been so anxious/stressed/angry since my fourth baby was born. Thought it was from having such a big family and so much responsibility. Also approaching 40. Maybe it’s hormones??!!

    • Hello Heidi…..great question! Yes, they are safe. The only one that comes with some caution in regards to nursing is St. Johns Wort. The literature says that it could cause some fussiness in babies, but I have not noticed that in my baby. I’ve only ever taken 1 capsule a day, and usually for just several days. However, I have a good friend who is also nursing and currently taking two a day long term. She has not had a problem with a fussy baby, but has had great results in how she feels.

      I do think we’ll certainly experience anxiety and stress from the huge responsibility of raising a large family. But the hormonal symptoms are different. You really do notice a difference. If it strikes for no apparent reason, or you had a response to something that is not typical for you….it’s probably hormones. Try some of these and see if you notice a difference. That’s the beauty of natural treatments….most of these have other health benefits too, so it doesn’t hurt to try. I pray you feel better soon!

  6. Thank you, this article just came in time. I have seven weeks left before I’m due. And in those last days I feel irritated and angry. I did not know what was going on. I thought it was normal but thanks for letting me know it’s not because I am tired of it. Thank you for the article its great. I like these kind of posts. Thanks again.

  7. Candace, I’m a 40 year old mom of 3 and I’ve started noticing hard to control, out of control emotions much like a horrible case of PMS once a month. What do you think is a good starting point? I wasn’t sure what to try first. Thank you!!!

  8. Candace,
    I wish I had known all of this when I was having babies. It was so HARD! FYI, I use the Progessence Plus and it is wonderful. There is a cheaper source than the one listed on eBay if you are interested, $37.50. It lasts forever. My bottle is half full and I bought it back in the summer. I use it twice a day.

  9. Ali!!!! Thanks so much for the info on the cheaper source! That is wonderful! Can you give us the link here? And thanks for the additional testimony, Friend!

    It’s funny, because I didn’t link to eBay, I linked to a friends page. But I see that there is no direct option to buy on her page, so please do share your source. I know the price is what held me back from buying it (even though I know it lasts forever), but I want women to be able to access it if they’re struggling!

    Miss seeing you every month! :)

  10. Thank you for reposting this! It was exactly what I needed to read. I am 34 and we have 5 kids 9 and under. My husband and I would love more kids, but my hormones went crazy when my last one was about 7 months old. The last 12 months have been very difficult and there were so many days that I thought I was losing my mind. I would get these waves of hopelessness and just yuck, and it could happen at any time, even when I was sleeping. Then I started having anxiety because I couldn’t figure out what was going on with my body, was it gluten, was it stress, was I losing my mind? Everyone around us thinks we’re crazy for wanting more kids, but this post has given me hope for the first time in a LONG time that (a) I’m not crazy, and (b) I don’t have to take having more babies off the table. Thank you. Seriously. Thank you! You are an answer to prayer :)

    • Brandy Ferguson says:

      Alisha, thanks for sharing. Have you tried Progessence Plus? I have heard miraculous stories about it. I used it just before we conceived this ninth baby, and it definitely boosted my progesterone! Hugs!

      • I did eventually buy the Progessence Plus. It is absolutely wonderful in the luteal phase of my cycle.

        Alisha, thanks for sharing your story. After a recent miscarriage, I too began to feel all those symptoms again. Why must our bodies go through this? I went for my YW and am feeling better now. Once I ovulate, I will use the Progessence too. But if you’re looking for things you can access easily at the store, some of the other options are very helpful as well. I would recommend St. John’s Wort if you can’t order YW or Progessence Plus.

        Brandy, do you use PP throughout your whole cycle….or just luteal phase?

        • Brandy Ferguson says:

          I had begun using Progessence Plus daily. Then I found out I was pregnant. Do I think there was a connection since I had had very low progesterone previously? Absolutely! :)

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