Pregnancy Hormone Imbalances & The Mind – Overlooked
If you or someone you love is (or may be) suffering from a pregnancy, maternal mental illness, contact a healthcare provider you trust, including any professional viewed in this film and Postpartum Support International.
~ Maureen Fura
Maureen Fura – Produced, wrote and directed, Dark Side of the Full Moon, following her experience with misdiagnosis in the context of a dramatic emotional crash with her pregnancy. But this documentary will take you further than just pregnancy. Dark Side the first video documentary to expose the lack of care when pregnancy or new motherhood crashes into mental illness in the United States. Her movie serves as a catalyst for social change, inspiring communities to action in closing the gaps in care for women suffering from a maternal mental health complication like pregnancy and postpartum depression with other troubles such as anxiety and psychosis.
Yes, hormone challenges confound the lives of women far beyond pregnancy, from menarche into advanced years when hormones aren’t balanced correctly.
Following viewing Dark Side of the Full Moon, communities report increases in funding, the creation of new perinatal specialist positions, changes in behavior from care providers, hospital policy changes, increase in provider training, a decrease in stigma, and residency and university programs curriculum improvements that match this epidemic of misunderstanding and misinformation.
This Episode, this movie, is a game changer for women globally. Listen up, get on these details, and pass them on through your networks below.↓
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~ Galileo Galilei
Maureen Fura: The Dark Side of Pregnancy CBJ/091
- One morning my whole life suddenly changed with this vision [3:38]
- I went into a severe depression with unrelenting dangerous thoughts related to pregnancy [4:48]
- The OB-GYN doctor didn’t get it at my 6-week checkup [7:15]
- My periods were completely normal until my 20’s [10:59]
- Problems with my first pregnancy – signs of estrogen dominance [13:20]
- Her evidence of estrogen dominance and Mittelschmerz  ovulation phenomenon [14:06]
- Signs and symptoms before her dramatic crash [17:14]
- The odd bowel function question [21:30]
- Her movie: 1.3 million women fall through cracks in the current medical system [29:45]
Pregnancy-References & Website:
- Maureen’s website: http://www.darksideofthefullmoon.com/
- Postpartum Support International – Your Local Resources: http://postpartum.net
-  Ed. Note: Even Wikipedia, while preparing these show notes today, indicates Mittelschmerz is not a problem. In my personal clinical experience, Mittelschmerz is indeed a valuable marker for estrogen imbalances and, while not necessarily an acute presentation, it can become a severe, painful challenge, and a marker for serious underlying imbalances related to psychiatric problems of depression, postpartum depression, menopause, as reported here by Maureen Fura. See the many books referenced next regarding the pervasive upstream causes and downstream effects of estrogen dominance.
- Down Came the Rain – My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, Brooke Shields – 2005
- A Mother’s Climb Out Of Darkness: A Story about Overcoming Postpartum Psychosis, Jennifer Moyer – 2014
- Hormone Balance Made Simple, John Lee MD – 2003
- The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones, Micheal Platt, MD – 2007
- Transit Time Tool – How to measure Transit Time [Mayo Clinic] PDF Download: http://corepsych.com/ttt – a commonplace contribution to estrogen dominance, often overlooked.
Hormones For Women: Previous CBJ Interview
As you well know, every guest here at CBJ reports on their perspective of how to overcome measurable, underlying, overlooked factors that can lead to stigma, dogma, labels and treatment failure. These CBJ Episodes focus on new self-management perspectives. See the references in the show notes here:
- Dr. Mache Seibel – Estrogen & Menopause – http://corebrainjournal.com/080 Insightful Harvard professor and author who weighs in on the necessity for estrogen precision. In this Episode, we also touch on estrogen dominance. He firmly attests to the relevance of precise measurement and careful monitoring.
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