It seems that the moms in my support group (who also mother infants) are a bit confused as well. We're told we have all of these hormones floating around, and that they cause any number of symptoms, but we seem to be reading different materials and hear different things. You heard breastfeeding made you lose weight faster? My doctor said that I'll hold on to an additional 10 pounds until I wean... etc.
I have to say, after spending a forty-five googling, I'm having difficulty finding any useful information that discusses the hormones present and what they do to the body.
|Does anyone else feel uncomfortable just looking at this cow?|
But the internet is full of lots of uncited, where-the-hell-did-this-come-from information about the "hormones" that women produce following pregnancy. And according to the all-wise internet, these hormones do the following to a person:
- make you moody
- make you angry
- make you weepy (I would like to see a scientific study on weepiness, wouldn't you?)
- make you anxious
- make you an insomniac
- make you depressed
- make you hold on to weight
- make you have night sweats
- make you have hot flashes
- make you angry at your partner
- make you angry at your baby
Questions: What symptoms (both on and off the list above) did you experience during pregnancy and after childbirth? Did you find that you 'stabilized' back to your former self after a time?