Having a healthy lifestyle does not only limit to being active and eating the right food that your body needs.
Being a woman today requires a lot of strength, most notably given the fact that we are participating in the labor force much more than we did years back. Because of this, women become so busy doing all the tasks that they are expected to do. For working moms, they are juggling their work, kids, partner, and all of the other tasks that are waiting for them when they get home. As a result, they forget to take care of themselves, and sometimes when it hits them hard, their health gets affected.
Often, people get confident with their health just because they maintain having an active lifestyle and eat healthily. Most working women have become complacent with their health - especially when they don't see or notice anything wrong with their body or their system. However, when one listens to her body carefully, she will see how much attention it needs, even if it seems like 'nothing's wrong. In this article, the focus will be on ways to deal with the hormones that every woman has and how it affects their body.
Enough Sleep Helps You Lose Pounds of Hormonal Weight
Most women in their 40s complain about having the difficulty of losing weight despite their consistent exercise routine and healthy diet. They find it hard to lose all the fats that are scattered all over their bodies, especially in the belly, thighs and in their upper arms. No matter how hard they try to lose weight - even after exercising and limiting their calorie intake - it still doesn't work. The truth is, women in their midlife gain an average of a pound and a half per year. Because the majority of them experience stress, the cortisol increases their craving for sweets, which in turn brings weight gain. Taking in estrogen to your body affects weight gain indirectly - it blocks the ability to get a decent night's sleep.
Here comes the solution to all these, getting enough sleep. With this, it can prevent the production of ghrelin, also known as the "hunger hormone," which is also the same hormone that makes you crave high-carb, high-calorie foods. The golden number is a seven-hour shut of one's eyes that women must get on a routine basis. However, research shows that only 39% of the population of women get this right. The rest get less than this prescribed number of hours of sleep because of the things that they need to do by the time the sun rises. But this doesn't make this unattainable for them. The only thing that they should remember is the fact that self-care is crucial most notably in their age, with children relying on them. If they don't take care of their health while they still can, it will be harder in the end when the diseases and illnesses hit them.
Stop Normalizing Cramps After Your Period
No one can deny how much of a pain period bring to every single woman that goes through it. With the added fact that it comes every month and that it is an unavoidable dilemma. A study shows that when a woman goes through her period, the uterus enlarges twice or even thrice at times. However, when it lasts for days after your period, this is when you should start worrying.
According to Dr. Peter Weiss, OB-GYN, FACOG at Rodeo Drive 'Women's Health Clinic, women typically should expect cramps for a day or two after their period. However, some women experience it in a more extended period, which they think is just a regular occurrence in their cycle. It is not normal. This type of dysmenorrhoea can be due to uterine fibroid, cysts, or polyps - among many. There are cases when a cyst blocks the fallopian tube and causes severe dysmenorrhoea. This can eventually lead to the removal of one's reproductive system, so it does not scatter to other parts. Thus, making a woman unable to bear a child.
This does not serve as a threat, so women get scared of getting these diseases or complications. This is an eye-opener to every single woman, so they become more vigilant and conscious of their bodies. If you experience this, visit your doctor and talk to them whenever you start to notice something abnormal that's going on with your body.
Is It Postpartum Depression or Is It Something Bigger
One in nine women is affected by postpartum depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Postpartum depression (PPD) is a complex mix of changes - physical, behavioral, and emotional - that women experience after giving birth. It usually starts within four weeks after delivery. PPD is something that should be given proper attention once identified. The diagnosis is based not only on the length of time between delivery and onset but also on the severity of the depression.
Postpartum depression is attributed to psychological, chemical, and social changes resulting from delivering a baby. The term describes a range of changes - both physical and emotional - that many new mothers experience. Having blues after pregnancy is considered normal. This is due to the rough patch that a woman's hormones are going through. However, postpartum depression should be treated as an entirely different thing. It should not be treated lightly because, without proper attention, postpartum depression can lead to worse things that any woman would not want to experience.
The following are certain risks that women should look after that may develop postpartum depression:
1. A family history of bipolar disorder
Always check your family background and track whether a family member was previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is also called manic-depressive illness. It is a brain disorder that causes a person to have unusual changes in his mood, activity, energy levels, and hampers his ability to do day-to-day tasks. People with bipolar disorder experience “mood episodes”. Mood episodes are periods of unusually intense emotion, changes in sleep patterns and activity levels, and unusual behaviors. Mood episodes are very different from the mood and behavior changes that are typical for the person. Extreme changes in energy, activity, and sleep go along with mood episodes. If you are experiencing these symptoms, do not hesitate to get yourself checked with a psychiatrist. Always bear in mind that this is a journey for you and your baby. Not yours alone.
2. Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy
An unplanned pregnancy does not give you an unwanted baby. Do not feel bad for having a child when you did not plan to do so. It might be a challenging and a brand new beginning for you, but it will lead you to become a better person.
3. Difficulty breastfeeding
Difficulty in breastfeeding often triggers negative thoughts and emotions to mothers -, especially to first-time moms. Often, they feel like they are not able to fulfill their duty during the early stages of their baby’s development. However, moms should realize that there is no shame in feeding their children with formula. Though breastfeeding is recommended, formula milk is still able to nourish your child with the nutrients he or she needs. There are also some institutions that receive donations from moms who are sufficient with breast milk. Ask around, and you will surely be given attention and help. Never hesitate to ask from others because breast milk will help with the growth of your child.
There are also symptoms of postpartum depression that one must watch out for, whether you are the mom or the loved one:
Loss of Interest with the Baby
This is a severe symptom and must be properly looked after by the loved ones. The worst thing that can happen is that the child might get hurt because the mother can no longer control her actions.
Lack of Interest with Daily Activities
Women with postpartum depression can also become disinterested in activities she previously liked and even in daily chores she consistently performed. She would most likely want to just down in bed all day, doing nothing.
Feeling Worthless and Guilty
Some mothers think that they are not doing the right things for their babies. And with that, they start to feel bad about themselves and carry all the burden when it should not be like that. The support of the father and their loved ones is essential to help her get through this.
Difficulty in Sleeping and Fatigue
It is reasonable for mothers to experience a lack of sleep because of the baby's needs and constant crying. However, their partners and family members must always make sure to be there and extend a helping hand whenever it is necessary. As a famous saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a baby."
Drastic and Significant Weight Changes
Mothers who breastfeed would usually experience weight loss. However, when there is a drastic increase or drop in their weight, make sure that their OB-GYN immediately checks them.