Perfectly Postpartum: Understanding Your Emotions and the Role of Postpartum Hormones

The postpartum period is a time of high emotion as the body adjusts to changes in hormone levels. While hormones often fluctuate during pregnancy, the postpartum period is when there is a significant drop in estrogen and progesterone levels. This drop can lead to mood swings and depression for many women. We should note that these symptoms do not always occur and that it's normal for your mood to be up and down during this time period.


In general, our hormones are important because they impact how we feel, think, and act - both physically and mentally - from day-to-day. The postpartum period is a time when many people are likely to experience emotional disturbances. Women may have emotional symptoms that are related to childbirth, such as postpartum depression, anxiety, or psychosis.

 There are many factors that can contribute to emotional disturbances in the postpartum period. These include the physiologic changes of pregnancy and childbirth, psychologic changes...
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