Progesterone pregnancy and post birth
My daughter is 30 years old and has recently had her breech baby delivered by c section.
She is recovering well physically.
However, approximately one year before she fell pregnant she was diagnosed with vestibular migraines/vertigo and was badly affected by this being unable to function, experiencing many neurological symptoms for some 4 - 6 months. She then started taking progesterone cream and 2 weeks later was migraine/vertigo free. She continued using progesterone on and off and found that if she came off for any length of time her migraines and vertigo would come back.
Fast forward to her pregnancy where she continued initially with progesterone, in the second trimester she stopped using progesterone and again found herself back in the cycle of migraines and vertigo. Progesterone again seemed to alleviate the symptoms. Towards the end of her pregnancy she had two episodes of very bad migrainous/veertigo symptoms. Both were preceeded by a virus, The first episode lasted for 3/4 weeks which was incredibly distressing abd debilitating for her. Eventually, out of desperation, she took 100 mgs of bio identical progesterone as a tablet and felt immediately better the next day, experiencing 4 weeks of good mood and health. She then contracted another virus, in the 37th week of her pregnancy and the symptoms of migraine/vertigo came back after 3 days. She again took progesterone but this did not seem to help at all. She ended up in an anxiety and panicked state and was prescribed something to help her with the anxiety so that she could go into hospital and have the baby delivered.
She is now back home with her baby who is 4 days old. She is again experiencing vertigo and migraines and is unsure whether it is safe to take progesterone during this time. Also she is unsure what her hormones are doing and worries about progesterone dominance and any symptoms that would cause. She is desperate not to go back onto the cycle of migraine and vertigo. Mainstream Doctors over here (UK) do not recognise bio identical hormones or know very little about them. Her prescribing doctor is not confident to offer advice regarding pregnancy, post birth and bio identical hormones.
Are you able to offer any advice please?
I should also add that my daughter has struggled with hormone related difficulties since her early 20s when she was diagnosed with PCOS and suffered horrendous PMDD
I look forward to hearing any thoughts you can offer.