Treating and Preventing PMS

Treating and Preventing PMS

If you have a uterus, or live with someone who has a uterus, then you know what PMS is! In fact, it has been estimated that up to 80% of all woman have experienced some form of PMS, or premenstrual symptom, at some point in their lives. Menstrual cramps, known medically as dysmenorrhea, affect approximately 50% of menstruating woman, 10% of whom experience incapacitating pain, usually lasting between one and five days each month.* It has been estimated that in the USA over 600 million work hours each year are lost due to any number of premenstrual symptoms.* There are many symptoms associated with each of the different categories of symptoms, not only cramps. PMS is often broken down into groups:

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Five tips to avoid exhaustion and low mood postpartum

Five tips to avoid exhaustion and low mood postpartum

The period after delivery is often considered the “fourth trimester", lasting between 30 days and three months. There are a number of changes that occur in a woman’s body during this time including many hormones fluctuations, including estrogen levels dropping approximately 300%. This hormonal shift generally takes an average of 10 days to balance out.  With the hormone changes that occur post-pregnancy coupled with sleep deprivation, adapting to the demands of a newborn, and so many other requirements, it is normal for a new mom or even a seasoned mom to have multiple changes in mood over the course of a day. After the much anticipated arrival of the new baby and the excitement of birth, it may come as a surprise for new moms to experience emotions such as sadness and anxiety. 

Here are five general recommendations for treating low mood after delivery: 
 

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Non-food cravings during pregnancy

Non-food cravings during pregnancy

It's no secret that cravings are a common symptom for women during pregnancy. This post lists common food cravings and what they can mean in pregnancy. Having non-food cravings in pregnancy is more common than most people think but because of the health concerns associated with these types of cravings it is worth discussing them with your healthcare provider.

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