If there is one hormone that could be considered the most important and equally most likely to be suboptimal it would be progesterone. During a normal menstrual cycle, progesterone levels rise right after ovulation to help thicken the endometrial lining to prepare for implantation of a fertilized egg. If conception occurs, the corpus luteum secretes progesterone for the first 10-12 weeks until the placenta is developed and takes over that duty. If not fertilized and implanted, the progesterone levels decrease and menses (or your period) ensues. Progesterone balance with the other sex hormones, namely estrogen, is critical for menstrual regularity and reproduction. It is a delicate dance that can be easily and negatively influenced by outside factors. Progesterone is not only important as a gestational support, but it is required for keeping your body temperature up, helps your thyroid function optimally, and is a natural diuretic. It also enhances your sense of well-being, has a “calming” effect on the body, and helps you get better sleep. In fact, some women report having a heightened sense of happiness and contentment during later parts of pregnancy, which is due to the sedative nature of progesterone. Nicole’s Holistic Nutrition Approaches Include: Education on what is going on in your body and why you have low progesterone Foods to avoid to best manage your condition Therapeutic foods to boost your natural hormonal patterns The role of stress on hormone levels. Targeted and individualized supplementation protocols Navigating fertility with low progesterone Recommended Laboratory Tests: DUTCH Hormone Testing SpectraCell Micronutrient Panel SpectraCell CardioMetabolic Panel Oxford Biomedical LEAP MRT Food Sensitivity Panel Nicole is happy to review labs drawn by your physician (including hormonal panels, comprehensive metabolic panels, complete blood counts, thyroid panels, urinalysis, and others as warranted) Call us at 281-741-9447 or contact us online to schedule your private consultation today.