No Appetite Postpartum?  Here's What To Do About It

Why Do I Have No Appetite Postpartum?

It may be normal in the immediate postpartum period to feel as though you have to force yourself to eat.

Progesterone is one of the key hormones that stimulate your appetite In the postpartum, progesterone and estrogen levels drop sharply, which can play a role in decreasing your desire to eat.

Medical Issues That Can Cause A Decrease In Appetite

Baby blues

Baby blues are feelings of sadness that occur within a few days after you deliver.

If you have a history of depression, anxiety disorders, or other mental health conditions, you are at a higher risk of developing PPD.

Postpartum depression

Thyroid disease

Women who suffer from hypothyroidism tend to have a decrease in appetite whereas those who suffer from hyperthyroidism have an increase in appetite.


Anemia can be a reason you do not have an appetite in the postpartum period due to the hormonal action of ghrelin. 

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