The Centers for Disease Control reports that 12-20% of new moms - about 1 million women in the US each year - develop postpartum depression (PPD). However the real number is even higher. This data reflects only those reporting symptoms of postpartum depression after live births. While many women don't report their experiences, many others develop perinatal mental illnesses outside of PPD, and all women are susceptible to these illnesses regardless of whether they have a live birth, miscarriage, still birth or termination. Together, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the number one complication of childbirth.

The pain was unbearable. I had no idea what happened when the heavy luggage went over my foot, but I knew it was nearly impossible to walk.

In the emergency room, the doctor said I broke a bone in my foot, and asked whether I’d been taking calcium and vitamin D. I hadn’t.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and pro-hormone that exists in several different forms.

Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2) is not produced in the body and comes from plant sources whereas cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is found in cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, is fortified in milk and is manufactured in the skin with adequate exposure to the suns UVB rays.

A commonly overlooked hormone is DHEA. It is an often misunderstood, yet very important part of the whole hormonal picture. It is a key player in achieving hormone balance.

What is DHEA?

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is the most common steroid hormone in the body and is mainly produced by the adrenal glands, but smaller amounts are made elsewhere in the body.

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