Pregnancy leads to many hormonal changes. However, sometimes there is a case of a hormonal imbalance that could cause some complications in your pregnancy. While many can be treated there are some that could prove to be risky for both you and for the baby.
Hormones that impact pregnancy
Some of the common hormones that impact pregnancy are:
- Thyroid hormones –The thyroid produces many hormones of which triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) hormones are the most prominent ones. These hormones have an impact on the metabolic rate and also affect reproduction.
- Prolactin – Prolactin is associated with getting pregnant and is also important for the production of breast milk. Abnormal levels of prolactin could affect your pregnancy
- Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH)- The ovarian follicles-produce this hormone. This is the place where your immature eggs are. The hormone measurement lets you know the number of eggs in your ovaries.
- Progesterone – The progesterone hormone helps in maintaining the pregnancy. It functions to thicken the lining of the uterus and this helps in supporting the embryo. Those women who have low levels of progesterone suffer from miscarriages.
- FSH or Follicle-Stimulating Hormone–The function of this hormone is to regulate the menstrual cycle and it helps in the egg production in the ovaries. Those who have high levels of FSH have a problem with the functioning of the ovaries.
- LH or Luteinizing Hormone – This is the hormone that signals the body to release a mature egg.
Signs that your hormones are imbalanced
You need to look for these common signs to understand that your hormones are imbalanced.
- irregular menstrual cycle
- acne that keeps erupting
- irregular bleeding
- weight gain that is totally unexplained
- mood changes which are extreme
- hair loss pattern like in males
- hair growth like in males
The hormonal imbalance sign will be different for different women. Many would not be showing any signs at all. It is important to not self-diagnose but to get treated by a doctor.
Tests to understand the hormonal imbalance
Hormonal imbalance is crucial for healthy living as well as for the body and the mind. However, there could be an imbalance in the hormones because of many reasons.
Your doctor will ask you to get some tests done to understand if you have a hormonal imbalance. Some of these could include:
- Saliva test- This is used to check the levels of progesterone, estrogen and the DHEA levels
- Blood or serum testing – This computes the free hormone level
- FSH testing – This is used in order to check the hormone levels in women who complain of anger outburst or mood swings.
It is also important that the thyroid levels are checked. Blood sugar levels and Vitamin D3 needs to be tested to check for any imbalance in the hormones.
If you see any of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance during your pregnancy or before you conceive, then it is important that you get yourself checked. Hormonal imbalance could lead to complications in your pregnancy affecting you and the unborn baby. So meet your doctor immediately to get yourself checked in case you feel something that is abnormal.
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