Every woman’s dream is to become a mother in her lifetime.
Progesterone is a natural female hormone which is essential before and during pregnancy. It is very important to monitor the level of progesterone, at least up to the age she gives birth to her child.
Role of progesterone before pregnancy
Progesterone prepares the uterine wall for the implantation of the fertilized egg. Progesterone stimulates the maturation and growth of your uterus to make its wall strong and ready to receive the fertilized egg. It helps the uterine lining by thickening where fertilization takes place when male’s sperm reaches the female’s egg.
Role of progesterone during pregnancy
Good progesterone levels during pregnancy are crucial. In the first trimester, you can use 40-80mg of progesterone daily without taking any break. After the third month, placenta increases the amount of progesterone production. So, you can gradually decrease the intake of progesterone. Progesterone levels in the placenta are 6 times higher than the levels in the mother.
It promotes the growth of blood vessels that nourishes the baby. It significantly reduces the rate of pre-eclampsia which threatens the baby. Progesterone is safe for the mother and the baby. If the mother uses progesterone early in the pregnancy, the child benefits the most. Those children are faster in their studies and they stay healthy compared to those who don’t maintain good progesterone levels.
Progesterone is also good for postpartum depression.
Symptoms to identify low progesterone
In women, who aren’t pregnant, low progesterone may lead to abnormal uterine bleeding. Women with irregular or absent periods have low progesterone and poor functioning of ovaries.
Symptoms you identify of low progesterone during pregnancy are spotting and abdominal pain, constant breast tenderness, fatigue, frequent low blood sugar and vaginal dryness.
It is advised to people who are having a history of miscarriages to continue the use of progesterone up to a week before you give birth to baby.
Different forms of progesterone are vaginal gel, vaginal inserts, vaginal suppositories, injections and oral capsules, which can be used to improve your low progesterone.
Monitor the estrogen levels, a male dominating hormone, present in females in small amounts, as it disturbs the progesterone levels.
To increase low progesterone levels, take foods that are rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc.
To keep hormones in balance, avoid processed foods and non-organic animal products, and reduce the intake of caffeine and alcohol.
Maintain healthy weight, food habits, etc. by changing your lifestyle, which makes your hormones in balance and leads to healthy pregnancy.