(St. Petersburg, FL, USA)
I am trying to figure out what has happened to me since having children. After my 1st born (easy pregnancy but severe morning sickness and vomiting), I developed postpartum depression, even though it was more anxiety and panic. Tried western medicine to alleviate symptoms which it did except for 2 weeks before my period. Got pregnant with 2nd child, and immediately had heart palpitations, insomnia, anxiety, and nobody could offer me an explanation despite going to several docs. these symptoms went away completely during the second trimester but reoccurred in the 8th month of pregnancy although I had numerous stressors on my plate (I read your page on stress so that could of been dropping my progesterone levels). Could these symptoms in my 1st trimester have been the progesterone stimulating the estrogen receptors, much like when you first start taking progesterone? It makes sense to me since my body was beginning to increase its production of progesterone. However, if I was deficient in progesterone, how was I able to conceive and not miscarry?
I also suffered from postpartum anxiety after my 2nd pregnancy and subsequent pregnancies and am just now finding out about progesterone and amazed no one has told me this before. Could this be that I am just overally sensitive to hormones? I just finished reading Womens Moods by some doctors and that was their explanation and there suggestions were SSRIs. Did not like that book.
I have been feeling a little worse though since starting progesterone, I am now taking oral 100mg but I feel worse and feel depressed even through menstration. I am going to bump it up to 300mg on day 8. The only time I feel really good is near ovulation when both hormones are high, making me think maybe am deficient in estrogen too. I have been reading that you can have a estrogen dominance where estrogen in low (causing depression) but progesterone is even lower. I read your page on stress and I have had tons of stress, and I think a lot of it is due to the fact I don't have any hormones to handle stress. I am not overweight, small breasted, so I don't think I really have high estrogen, but perhaps high estrogen in relation to Progesterone. I take tons of vitamins, minerals and supplements (5htp and inositol) but still having symptoms. Thanks in advance for your help!