Adrenal Disorders of Pregnancy

15 08 2008

There are probably many women out there who have adrenal fatigue and pregnancy, though they may not know they have adrenal problems. I know I have adrenal fatigue as well as being pregnant, just into my third trimester. I have felt better since being pregnant, but adrenal fatigue is still a daily struggle to deal with. For those of you women who have adrenal fatigue and have recently become pregnant or are well into their pregnancy, I hope this following section offers some insight. If need adrenal fatigue support, I recommend visiting the Adrenal Fatigue Yahoo support group at:


Chapter 2B – Peter R Garner, MD


During pregnancy increased steroid hormone production is essential to meet both the maternal demand for increased estrogens and cortisol and the fetal demand for reproductive and somatic growth and development. In addition, alterations in the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone cascade are required to allow for a 50% increase in maternal blood volume without resulting in hypertension. These changes occur through a complex interaction amongst maternal and fetal endocrine systems in the placenta.


The normal adult adrenal gland weighs approximately 5gms and during pregnancy increases only slightly in size. Histologically, the zona fasciculate (glucocorticoids) widens during pregnancy, which is suggestive of increased secretion. The zona glomerulosa (mineralo-corticoids) and zona reticularis (androgens) remain unchanged in width (1,2).


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Essential Oils for Adrenal Fatigue

13 08 2008

Tired All The Time? Try These Adrenal Support Essential Oil Blends!

By Misty Rae Cech, ND

Adrenal Support from Nature – Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blends for Fighting Fatigue

Feeling fatigued a little too often? Morning cappuccino no longer doing its job? Getting that feeling that you’ve been worn thin by your busy schedule, and you’re just not bouncing back? These can be signs of over-worked adrenal glands – and can be symptoms of a syndrome known as “Adrenal Fatigue”. Thankfully, a few commonly-available essential oils can offer support in regenerating worn-out adrenal glands.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

The adrenal glands are your body’s workhorses when it comes to dealing with stress. These tiny glands, each about the size of a walnut and shaped like a tiny pyramid, sit atop each kidney. The adrenals produce important hormones such as cortisol, an energy releaser, and pregnenolone, the precursor from which almost all your body’s steroid hormones are made, including DHEA, progesterone, testosterone, and estrogens. Pregnenolone is an extremely important memory enhancer, and not only does it make you smarter, it also brings about feelings of well-being and enhances your ability to deal with stress. Weak adrenal function can have a variety of symptoms, including depression, insomnia, and lowered immune system function.

There can be many contributing factors to adrenal fatigue, though these can almost all be lumped into the category of ‘too much stress’! Overwork, sleep deprivation, poor eating habits – particularly too much sugar, injury and illness, and over-use of stimulants are a few common causes. Addressing these issues are of primary importance for long-term regeneration of the adrenals and their hormonal output.

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However, natural adrenal supporting essential oils used in aromatherapy can be very useful in bringing balance and assisting in restoring adrenal function to normal, healthy levels, in mild-to-moderate cases of adrenal fatigue.


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Eating to Support Your Adrenal Glands

13 08 2008

Eating to support your adrenal glands

— small choices can make a difference

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms I hear about from my patients at the clinic. And when I ask these women to tell me about what’s going on in their lives, all too often the answers include more responsibility than seems humanly possible. They’re waking up still tired, unable to think straight in the morning without caffeine; needing high-carb snacks, more caffeine, or a nap to get through the afternoon; then burning the midnight oil because they’re too wired to sleep. Pretty soon these women are in a seemingly unending cycle of exhaustion and poor nutrition — and they feel desperate for the energy they once had.

Science tells us that if you experience stress on a chronic basis, the tiny adrenal glands that moderate your stress response and balance many other hormones in your body will suffer. Adrenal fatigue is what develops. And as the adrenal glands become increasingly compromised, women end up with excess abdominal weight, decreased immunity, lack of concentration, irritability, disrupted sleep, and ultimately, pure exhaustion. But the upside is: adrenal fatigue can be prevented and reversed. I’ve seen it time and again. And one of the best places to start is by paying closer attention to the choices you make about food — and not just what you eat, but when you eat it and how.


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You will also be able to read other articles such as:

Adrenal Health in Women –

Effects of Stress and High Cortisol Levels –

Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue –

DHEA and Adrenal Fatigue –