Health, Hormones, and Win a $100 Visa Gift Card!

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Hey guys, if you are one of the awesome dads who reads our site, we think you’re amazing. That being said, our post today is for the ladies. Stop back tomorrow!
Hormones.
Yep, we’re going to talk about hormones.
God made our bodies and all of the changes that come with being women. Do you remember your first period? I do.
Not all of us have been pregnant, but for those of us who have, that is one crazy hormone roller coaster! I’ve been pregnant more than a few times and the hormonal changes are nothing short of a miracle.
My body grew children, and then made milk so I could feed them – completely amazing. My pregnancies weren’t always easy, some involved perinatologists and medical intervention, but I honestly loved being pregnant. I loved breastfeeding too, once I got past the first few weeks.
Now I’m heading into new hormonal territory. The changes are gradual, and I’m still figuring it out. There is a lot to learn about perimenopause and menopause. I’m not a candidate for hormone replacement, so I’m looking at more natural means of staying healthy and feeling good.
One thing that post-pregnancy and perimenopause have in common is low estrogen, which impacts the body in many ways and can cause vaginal dryness. It impacts our sex lives, and honestly, it affects our general comfort too.
In my search for non-medical options to help with low estrogen, I’ve come across a variety of ideas. I like this post from Sheila, a Christian blogger who writes about marriage and has a lot to say about sex. There are even foods that can help our bodies produce estrogen, like avocados, bananas, and almonds. Products like Replens™ Long-Lasting Vaginal Moisturizer, which is estrogen and fragrance-free, are helpful too. replens-long-lasting-moisturizer Let’s take care of ourselves, friends, and for those of us who are married, let’s nurture our marriages too. Keeping our bodies feeling good is so important. Tending to the sexual aspect of our marriages is truly essential – sex keeps us connected to one another in ways nothing else does.
Let’s encourage one another in our health, our lives, and our marriages. Marriage is long, my friends – see the lines on our faces in the picture at the top of this post? Those weren’t there when we married 32 years ago.
Years pass, our lives change, our bodies change, and it’s all just the way it should be.
Replens™ is the clinically tested, doctor recommended brand of long-lasting vaginal moisturizer. As with dry skin that you experience on your face and hands, regular moisturizing treatment with Replens™ Long-Lasting vaginal moisturizer may be necessary to prevent dryness from recurring. Replens™ Long-Lasting vaginal moisturizer is different from most other lotions or lubricants because it contains a patented bio-adhesive ingredient that allows it to attach to dry vaginal cells and deliver continuous moisture for days. Click here to learn more.
This is a sponsored post by Replens™. I received compensation for this review but the opinions are 100% my own.
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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

91 Comments

  1. Randee
    July 27, 2016

    Thanks for this information!

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  2. Alyssa Van Den Elzen
    July 27, 2016

    I have recently started doing yoga o take care of myself.

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  3. Will G
    July 27, 2016

    I take care of myself by watching what I eat.

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  4. Katie May
    July 27, 2016

    I take care of myself by prioritizing some along time everyday. Having some time to regroup alone makes me a better wife and mom!

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  5. Corey
    July 28, 2016

    Exercise!

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  6. Luann
    July 28, 2016

    I’m not yet at the stage you’re talking about, but it’s good to know these things and to start a conversation about a topic that was formerly taboo.

    I take care of my emotional well being by allowing myself little luxuries like an occasional nap, pedi/manis, alone time, etc.

    After a recent cancer scare, I’ve started taking better care of my physical health, too, by joining Weight Watchers. It’s taught me portion control, and I’m eating fruits and veggies like crazy because they’re zero points!

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  7. Luann Kirkham
    July 28, 2016

    I exercise most days to take care of myself and try to eat healthy. Menopause has definitely been a challenging time of life for me.

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  8. Mami2jcn
    July 28, 2016

    I take vitamins.

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  9. Mami2jcn
    July 28, 2016

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/758769383380582401

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  10. Rachel
    July 28, 2016

    I recently started exercising, using the Couch to 5K app. I also try to rest enough. And I take an antidepressant. All those things help me stay healthy emotionally.

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  11. Kelly D
    July 28, 2016

    I take care of myself by taking my vitamins and going outside to exercise.

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  12. Jessica To
    July 28, 2016

    I take daily vitamins and try to get enough sleep.

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  13. Steve Weber
    July 28, 2016

    I take care of myself by staying active, drinking water and staying away from junk food

    groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

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  14. Elena
    July 28, 2016

    I take care of myself by eating healthy

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  15. Natalie
    July 29, 2016

    I take care of myself by running or going to the gym every day and eating at least 5 servings of veggies a day.

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  16. Jessie C.
    July 29, 2016

    I eat balanced meals and exercise daily to take care of myself.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  17. Jessie C.
    July 29, 2016

    tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/759156269621977088

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  18. Margaret
    July 29, 2016

    These changes are definitely a challenge, especially fo; r sleep! What works for me: regular exercise (I run and do yoga, walks on my lunch hour at work; any amount of time outsidel Estrace, which my gyn prescribed; gardening and laughing with friends and my husband. A good belly laugh is truly great therapy.

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  19. Julie Wood
    July 30, 2016

    I take care of myself by making sure to eat healthy, take vitamins, drink plenty of water and exercise!

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  20. Julie Wood
    July 30, 2016

    tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/759373319049064448

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  21. marie
    July 30, 2016

    sleep is definitely the biggest thing I do for myself. I make sure to try and get enough sleep and take time to just destress.

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  22. Margaret Smith
    July 31, 2016

    I try to eat healthy and try to walk daily…it’s a great stress reliever. Thanks so much.

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  23. Margaret Smith
    July 31, 2016
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  24. Erika
    August 1, 2016

    I think I’m still learning how to take care of myself.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Rachel
    August 3, 2016

    I take care of myself by taking a multi-vitamin, eating a well balanced diet and getting 8 hours of sleep per night.

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  26. Cindy
    August 3, 2016

    I walk on my break and after work.

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  27. Amy Tong
    August 3, 2016

    I take care of myself by eating well and set aside time to do things that I enjoy.

    amy [at] uTry [dot] it

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  28. Amy Tong
    August 3, 2016
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  29. Lisa Brown
    August 8, 2016

    I take care of myself by eating well, walking a lot, and keeping stress to the lowest level I can 🙂
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  30. Lisa Brown
    August 8, 2016

    tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/762665878945095686
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  31. Mita
    August 11, 2016

    I take daily vitamins and eat healthy.

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  32. Melissa Breese
    August 11, 2016

    I had to quit eating most sugars, and start swimming to make my body feel better. And I take care of myself by slathering my dry skin with Shea body cream every day.

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  33. Kathy
    August 17, 2016

    Taking out all the refined sugar

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  34. Elle
    August 18, 2016

    I take a daily multivitamin, exercise and try to eat healthier.

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  35. Madeline
    August 19, 2016

    I try to exercise most mornings and whenever I watch TV. I also try to eat lots of vegetables and legumes.

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  36. Rachel
    August 24, 2016

    I need the early hours before anyone else is awake. Adding to my gratitude list, journaling, sipping coffee in a pretty cup, meditating on a verse… I need time to reflect, think, or pray.

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  37. Kim
    August 25, 2016

    I definitely need some alone time every day or I can’t function. That’s a priority of self care for me!

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  38. Debbie
    August 30, 2016

    I’m at the same stage you are. (With young kids). Trying to cut out as much processed food as we can. That’s a hard one with kids!

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  39. OFG
    September 8, 2016

    I try to laugh as often as possible.

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  40. maria cantu
    September 14, 2016

    I take walks and drink plenty of water.

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  41. elizabeth
    September 17, 2016

    I take care of myself by making time for me. If I am happy and healthy then so is my family

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  42. Anastasia Falling
    September 18, 2016

    I take care of myself by finding out about great products like this that can help me! 🙂

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  43. Anastasia Falling
    September 18, 2016
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  44. Kerry
    September 20, 2016

    I exercise regularly and try to find some time for myself once in awhile.

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  45. Tabathia B
    September 22, 2016

    I try to eat healthy and splurge occasionally, drink lots of water and spend time pampering myself so that I can be a better person for my family

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  46. Tabathia B
    September 22, 2016
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  47. Shannon
    September 23, 2016

    I drink lots of water, try to eat healthy, try not to worry too much and have a great time!

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  48. Tamara
    September 23, 2016

    I take care of myself by maintaining a healthy diet — lots of veggies and salads whenever I can, along with the healthy fats my body needs.

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  49. Ellie Wright
    September 25, 2016

    I try to eat healthy, exercise and get enough sleep.

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  50. Debbie B
    September 26, 2016

    i try to have regular checkups at the doctor and i also try to watch what i eat and exercise

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  51. Debbie B
    September 26, 2016
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  52. Kellie Sellers
    September 26, 2016

    I am currently in perimenopause. I am taking care of my physical and emotional health. I’m drinking more water, being more active and also journaling. The journaling has had a tremendous positive impact

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  53. Wanda McHenry
    September 27, 2016

    I take care of myself by avoiding all processed foods, drink plenty of water and ride my bicycle every morning.

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  54. Kristen
    September 28, 2016

    We’ve been working on eating more whole foods and less processed….and increase the amount of exercise we get.

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  55. Allison Swain
    September 28, 2016

    I eat a plant based diet, and drink plenty of water. Thanks for the chance to win this!

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  56. Sherri
    September 28, 2016

    I do T-tapp! Just started again after a long break and I feel better already.

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  57. Becky
    September 29, 2016

    Since our three kids joined our family nearly ten years ago, I have done a horrific job caring for myself. I have recently started on a journey to change my unhealthy patterns. My biggest commitments so far have been to get better sleep, to make sure I have life-giving events on my calendar regularly, and to see a spiritual director once a month to challenge me in my relationship with God. I’m excited about these decisions, but each step I take just makes me realize how exhausted I am physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

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  58. Elizabeth
    September 29, 2016

    I try to prioritize getting out and moving for even a little bit each day–whether it’s a walk or a yoga class it helps keep me sane!

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  59. Betty Curran
    September 29, 2016

    I take care of myself by watching what I eat and taking time to relax and reduce stress.

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    September 29, 2016
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  61. Beth
    September 30, 2016

    I started doing yoga a little over a year ago and love it. It’s really improving my flexibility and I feel so relaxed after each class- Wish I had started a long time ago.

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  62. Cheryl
    September 30, 2016

    I take care of myself by balancing a stressful job with down time at home with my dogs and knitting. I also love to cook healthy organic meals when I have the time. I realize I cannot care for my family unless I care for myself.

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  63. Jennifer McConnell
    September 30, 2016

    I try and do yoga and stretches most days. We have also changed our diet and try and eat a lot more healthy like lean meats and veggies and fruits. I also use Doterra essential oils for a lot of things. The oils help me get off of anti-depressents that I had taken for years! I am not perfect with trying to be healthy but I try!

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  64. Ule Logue
    September 30, 2016

    I give myself permission to go to bed early and leave what needs to be done for another day.

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  65. Denise L
    September 30, 2016

    I drink lots of water, eats lots of veggies, and TRY to exercise every day.

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    September 30, 2016
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  67. Corinne
    September 30, 2016

    Since I have PCOS, a low-carb diet definitely helps my hormones to stabilize. A good night of sleep though, just about impossible as I care of my three little ones though, is hugely helpful for hormone balance.

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  68. Thomas Murphy
    September 30, 2016

    I exercise and eat healthy to take care of myself.

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  69. Tamra H
    September 30, 2016

    I try to eat healthy, we grow a lot of our own veggies in our garden during the summer so that definitely helps!

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  70. Jerry Marquardt
    October 26, 2016

    I think that this must be a high quality product. Since I am a man, it won’t help me, but this may help people in my family.

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    October 26, 2016
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