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Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day around the world. There are lightings and other events planned around the world to recognize and bring awareness to a painful topic that so many people remain silent about.
I will be lighting 2 candles tonight in memory of my lost babies. My babies were lost due to unaddressed hormone issues. I believe silence makes the hurt worse. At the time of my losses I didn’t have anyone to talk to that understood what I was going through.
If you’re in Toronto the CN Tower will be lit up pink and blue and purple at 8 pm EST. You can check here for other Canadian city events at www.october15.ca
If you’ve lost a baby in pregnancy or infancy and you’d like to find support resources, whether in Canada or elsewhere – here’s a great list to get you started:
Hugs and Love to everyone who’s experienced this loss,
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If you grew up in the 70’s this is a must watch retro video – I must have seen this or something like it during my sex ed class in the 70’s. Notice it’s produced by J&J?!
Here are the highlights:
- Let me just say “Pad” technology has come a long way! Next time you go shopping down an entire aisle of menstrual supplies, be grateful! Gotta give a shout out to the people who develop new products for us. Seriously special panties with elastics, belts and the minipads of the 70’s look like today’s maxipads.
- I swear to God I have never ever heard of a woman skipping her period because she had a cold! I am absolutely certain if that were the case half of us would be sneezing all over each other.
- Love the exercise suggestions to get rid of cramps. Wow…no cramp I ever had could be remedied with a wall pushup or a sit-up.
I follow a lot of discussion around menstruation including global cultural difference, individual differences in how women react to having their period and how it is talked about or not talked about within families and whether we react to our period differently over our lifespans. I think it’s fascinating and everyone’s situation is so unique.
Anyway, enjoy the journey back in time…
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I can’t watch this without crying…it is so personal to me and painful to listen to the stories of other women who have been through Perinatal Mood Disorder. But at the same time it is so imperative that we hear these stories. Even though not one of their stories is exactly like mine, I can relate to each and every story on some level: as a woman, as a mom and as a survivor of the twisted irony of Perinatal Mood Disorder.
Just a reminder Perinatal Mood Disorder includes postpartum and pregnancy and is sometimes referred to as:
Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, Postpartum OCD, Postpartum Bipolar, Postpartum PTSD & Postpartum Psychosis
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We’ve all heard of the common symptoms associated with hormone imbalance like weight gain, insomnia and hot flashes. Here are 6 of the strange symptoms that could be a sign that your hormones are out of whack. Our hormones have a complicated relationship with our Central Nervous System as well as our Cardiovascular Systems, as you’re about to discover.
1. Burning Tongue Syndrome
I am happy to say I have never experienced this less-common symptom of hormone imbalance but for some menopausal women it is their reality. It is a painful and very uncomfortable sensation which feels (or so I’m told) just like you’ve burned your tongue sipping on a hot beverage. You probably won’t have any physical signs of a burn in your mouth, but your mouth might feel dry, sticky or itchy and you might even have a metallic taste in your mouth. Interestingly, for some women it get’s worse throughout the day and feels better at night.
2. Formication – Crawling Skin Sensation
No, not fornication – formication. It is the unimaginably horrible sensation of having the feeling of small insects crawling on or under your skin! It results in itchiness and of course, most of us would scratch. The scratching can lead to damaging the skin.
3. Tingling Extremities – (known as Paresthesia)
This symptom brings on a numb feeling or ‘pins and needles’ usually in your feet and legs or hands and arms. I had this symptom after my 3rd baby was born and it would last for only a few seconds each time. I didn’t have a clue what it was and it was quite scary. Little did I know at the time, nor did my doctor, that it was associated to the sudden drop in hormone levels. Fortunately for me, when I got my hormones balanced this irritating symptom went away.
4. Electric Shock Sensation
Can you imagine feeling like you’re being given an electric shock throughout your day? Well, it is another one of those strange symptoms of hormone imbalance. Even though they last for only a second – it must be very irritating and unnerving for women who experience them. Often they are across the head and sometimes the sensation occurs right before a hot flash. Oh Joy.
5. Sudden Muscular Weakness &/or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
After my 3rd baby was born, I would suddenly have weakness in my arm that would only last for a few moments but it would happen suddenly so I was afraid of dropping my baby. Again, for me as soon as my hormones got balanced I was relieved of this irritating symptom. It may have been a sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which is also linked to hormone imbalance.
6. Frozen Shoulder – Adhesive Capsulitis
This is an inability to move one or both shoulders and can be very painful. It is most common in women and especially women in perimenopause and menopause. Not all doctors will talk about hormone imbalance on this one. I’ve heard of doctors who don’t realize it can be related to hormones. And don’t forget, many other joint problems/pain can also have a hormonal cause.
There are other causes for all of these symptoms – it is never a good idea to self-diagnose so please discuss these symptoms with your doctor!
Again, I know many of us with hormone issues discuss these with our doctor, only to be told “it’s in our head” (thankfully I’ve never been told that but I know numerous women who have been) or that the symptoms aren’t related to hormones. As always, be an empowered patient: do your homework and advocate for yourself!
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I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the women who have reached out to me over the past few years!
You’ve connected with me:
- when you felt you weren’t being listened to by your doctor,
- when you questioned your intuition but really just needed reassurance that you need to trust it all along,
- when you were at the bottom and felt like you couldn’t cope another day,
- when you just needed someone out there who didn’t judge and would understand,
- when you have a simple question or a long complex one,
- when you had no one to talk to about your low libido or your mental health symptoms,
- when you needed to know how to find one of those amazing doctors who will listen to you,
- when you needed validation that you weren’t “crazy”,
- when you were feeling AMAZING again!
When I hear from you it brings me back to the days when I had no one to talk with and no one who understood. You allow me to remember what it felt like to be struggling with these health problems and yet, somehow, still get through the day. And how grateful I am for being able to be in a position today to let you know you aren’t alone and it can be so much better! I know that the 5 minutes I take out of my day to send you an email is just a blip in my day but has the potential to be life changing. I, too, needed just 5 minutes from someone once.
Healing Hugs to You.
Have a day as beautiful as you are!
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