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5 Perks of Pregnancy Progesterone



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5 Perks of Pregnancy Progesterone blog

by Team Thinx | 02/28/2024

Medically reviewed by Dr. Saru Bala

During pregnancy, one of the dominant hormones in our bodies is progesterone. This is also known as the ‘chill’ hormone. We know – ‘chill’ is probably the last word that comes to mind when you think of hormones! The extra hormones swirling in our bodies during pregnancy are typically associated with negative side effects – such as morning sickness, mood swings, and body changes – but an increase in progesterone levels can actually have a ton of benefits in reproductive health. Let’s dive in! 

1) A healthy pregnancy. One of the benefits of pregnancy progesterone is the maintenance of the endometrium (uterine lining). This is where a fertilized egg implants and grows, increasing over the duration of a pregnancy to help the fertilized egg grow into an embryo, then a fetus. 

2) Anti-inflammatory effects. Progesterone decreases proinflammatory cytokines and helps to increase anti-inflammatory cytokines, leading many folks to find that their autoimmune issues can ease during pregnancy. 

3) Bone growth. Progesterone can stimulate bone-building cells called osteoblasts, resulting in the replacement of old bone cells with new cells. This can aid an increase in bone density and help protect from osteoporosis in pregnant women.

4) Pregnancy glow. The increase in natural progesterone levels can increase the skin’s natural oil production (sebum), which is what leads to that radiant glow many pregnant women experience.

5) Sleep and mood improvements. Progesterone creates a metabolite called allopregnanolone that can help to increase GABA function, which can improve sleep health, mood, and reduce anxiety. It can be a much-needed mood booster in what can otherwise be a challenging period in many people’s lives. 

Individuals dealing with progesterone deficiency may especially appreciate its significance during pregnancy. This hormone is powerful – and can be an incredible asset for pregnant bodies. 

Check out our educational video hub on YouTube to learn more from experts like Dr. Bala, a Naturopathic Doctor and Thinx Partner specializing in women's hormonal health, and join our mission to empower all who pee and bleed with shame-free body literacy education. 

The information contained in this article should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your health care professional.


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