The Hormones of Pregnancy- hCG


So your pregnant, huh?

Well, things are about to change in a big way. Especially if this is your first child. But today I want to talk about why things change so dramatically and particularly in regards to hormones.

Is it true that you can blame every emotional change, bloat and blemish and then some on these little suckers?

YES it is!

First off– What is a hormone? By definition it is a regulatory substance produced in an organism and transported in tissue fluids such as blood or sap to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action.

We as humans all have hormones and use them on a daily basis, some more then others, some for just women, some for just men, some during certain times of our life, etc……..

You’ve probably heard of the insulin, estrogen and testosterone, right? Those are some of the more common hormones.

The hormone I want to talk about today is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG). This will be the first part in a series of female pregnancy hormones.

Now this hormone showed up the moment you saw that little plus sign on that stick (actually a few days after the baby was conceived).It pumps out more estrogen and progesterone. Now this isn’t a scientific article so I’m not going to bore you with everything it does. The one thing you will (or probably) have already experienced is morning sickness.

Morning sickness- Blame hCG!

hCG increases quite rapidly during the first few months of pregnancy, that’s why a lot of mother’s to be feel those qualities of uneasiness, whether it is in the morning, afternoon or at night.

Most women’s levels of morning sickness start to decrease or subside altogether starting in the second trimester. Which is also the time when hCG starts to level off. hCG will reach it’s peak around 8-11 weeks. Your placenta starts taking over the production of the estrogen and progesterone around the start of trimester two.

Other issues with hCG— Peeing all the time and catching colds and the flu at the drop of a hat.

hCG depresses the immune system, much like sugar does, leaving you open to more colds and sickness. But know that the suppression in your immune system is actually increasing the protection of the fetus so it is a good thing in this case. But being sick anytime sucks 🙂

Now as a certified Perinatal fitness instructor I need to talk about the importance of exercise during pregnancy. It’s super important. You should be engaged in a physical regimen at all times, especially before, during and after pregnancy. Making it a habit and finding something that you like to do is critical to form good exercise habits. It’s going to make the pregnancy and delivery go a lot easier. Plus you will be able to return to your pre-pregnancy body a lot quicker.

Now when you first get pregnant and that hCG hormone kicks on and you feel like crap— doesn’t matter if it is in the morning, afternoon, or at night—- you need to work around it. Consistency with anything helps to form a habit. Working out is a good habit to get into. Many women have found that consistent workouts helps reduce the symptoms of Morning Sickness. So whether you are able to workout for just 5:00 that day— do that. If you can get 30:00 in— do that.

You want a combination of strength and conditioning (cardio). Strength training is going to help you the most. Pay particular attention to exercises that work your core (low back, abs, obliques, hips, butt). The additional weight you’ll be adding these areas are the ones that need to be strong to support you and hold your posture.

If nothing else, be sure to get a good brisk walk in everyday.

For a good whole body workout just using a resistance band and your own body check out this quick 14:00 workout below:

40/20 x 6 (exercise as hard as you can for :40, rest :20, move to next exercise)

  1. Band Chest Press
  2. Band Seated rows
  3. Pushup Bridge/Plank
  4. Stability Ball Squats
  5. High knee run/march
  6. Russian Twists

Rest 2:00, then repeat one more time.

With warm-up you’re looking at about 20:00 of your time.

And remember this time well spent. You need to be the strongest you can be physically, mentally, emotionally, and nutritionally in order to give the absolute best to your child. Set the example of good health, while your baby is still inside of you, and then continue the tradition once it’s born.

No excuses! hCG can be damned!


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