February 1, 2019
Why Do New Mums Feel So Tired?
Dr. Jessica Drummond is a physical therapist and functional nutritionalist who is passionate about empowering women who struggle with chronic pelvic pain conditions and hormonal imbalances, and female athletes, and supporting women’s health and wellness professionals globally. She has two decades of experience working with women using physical therapy and functional nutrition, and teaching her colleagues, from an integrative, evidence-based, and conservative perspective.
She regularly lectures on topics such as integrative pelvic pain management, natural fertility options, optimal hormone health, female athletes, and functional and integrative nutrition for rehabilitation, nutrition, wellness, fitness, and medical professionals. She was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Duke Integrative Medicine, and Maryland University of Integrative Health.
In this podcast, Jessica Drummond discussed the issue of energy depletion and fatigue that many women experience in the first twelve months after delivery, including the impact of sleep deprivation and fatigue which is unrelieved by sleep.
Themes covered in the discussion included:
- Reasons why energy levels may be reduced including nutritional aspects, bodily requirements for energy, digestive system factors and factors related to immune function
- The importance of not missing other issues which may be contributing including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatric arthritis, vulvodynia, endometriosis
Learning from the quietening of autoimmune processes during pregnancy
- Hormonal changes and their impacts
- Regulation of insulin levels and the impact of caffeine and cortisol
- The role of stress and anxiety and factors which can help to buffer them
- Tips for new mums
- Timing of pregnancies
- Exercise and recovery
- Exercise and conception
- Nutrition and pelvic pain
Related Reading and Resources:
Alice Domar. Preparing for Pregnancy. Link: https://www.domarcenter.com/fertility/preparing-for-pregnancy/
Drummond J, Ford D, Daniel S, Meyerink T. Vulvodynia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treated With an Elimination Diet: A Case Report. Integr Med (Encinitas) 2016; 15(4): 42-7.
Kroenke CH, Michael YL, Poole EM et al. Postdiagnosis social networks and breast cancer mortality in the After Breast Cancer Pooling Project. Cancer 2017; 123(7): 1228-1237.
Rooney KL, Domar AD. The relationship between stress and infertility. Dialogues Clin Neurosci 2018; 20(1): 41-47.
Rooney KL, Domar AD. The impact of lifestyle behaviors on infertility treatment outcome. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol 2014; 26(3): 181-5.
Jessica’s Book Chapters:
Drummond J. ‘Chapter 5 Functional Nutrition for Pelvic Health’ in Chughtai B, Stein A, Espinosa G (Eds). Healing in Urology: Clinical Guidebook to Herbal and Alternative Therapies. New Jersey: World Scientific Publishing. 2016. [details]
Drummond JR. ‘Chapter 17 The Adolescent Female’ in Irion JM, Irion GL (Eds). Women’s Health in Physical Therapy. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. 2010. [details]