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#1 of 4 Old 05-19-2010, 10:12 PM - Thread Starter
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I am a breastfeeding mom of 3 (5,3, and 18mo)-I only nurse the babe- and have been feeling pretty rough the past 2 months or so. It seems I cannot get enough to eat! I am always hungry. And I am feeling very heavy headed, foggy brained, tired, and anxious, consequently. I'm not sure what's causing what. My naturopath has me on vitex and chromium supplements. I am suspecting the vitex is not agreeing with me and have stopped taking that recently.
Anyway, I am just wondering if there are other mom's out there nursing and running around after multiple kids and having trouble keeping up with their own health, diet, well-being...
I am feeling so discouraged and anxious. It really does make me feel better to hear about other women who have experienced this same thing. Sometimes I get so caught up in my own world and I can really freak myself out.
If you have gone through a similar patch and have come out the other side, please fill me in. I would love advice on diet, habits, mind sets, etc... to help get me through.
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have you had your thyroig checked? not unusual to have thyroid issues postpartum.

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being ravenous is pretty normal I think, but also might be low iron, are you getting enough sleep? there are lots of things that can make you feel that way, I have been on Vitex, but not while nursing, and I had no issues. When I was taking a non-food based iron supplement, it made me feel like crap. taking a food-based one is much better. We don't have any naturopaths in our area, so I am not sure what testing they might do; if he can, can he run thyroid and iron levels? and possibly vitamin D?

hope you feel better! or at least figure out how to get on better path to wellness. I eat ALOT somedays, it seems as if I am never full; other days I am just "normal" hungry. Follow your body's cues - if you are hungry, eat! and don't feel guilty so long as you are eating mostly good things.

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I have had all these things checked and they are all within normal range. The more I think about it, the more I think that I am experiencing anxiety and all the crazy things that go along with it... that, and I think my body is trying to readjust to NOT being pregnant for the first time in 5 years and all my hormones are all over the place. Thanks for your thoughts. I don't know anything for sure. We'll see...
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