Outsmart Your Hormones
Week 3Mid-Cycle (days 15-20)
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Some research suggests that women burn more calories during this week. "This may be due to the elevated body temperature associated with ovulation," says Michelle P. Warren, M.D., a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. You may have minor cramps and/or spotting for one or two days when the egg ruptures out of its shell, says Neil Goodman, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida and chair of the reproductive medicine committee for the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Take action: If you're trying to lose weight, make the most of this time by eating less and exercising more. Be sure to stretch and incorporate exercises that strengthen major muscle groups and make joints less prone to injury, such as squats, lunges and leg extensions. Studies show that serious knee injuries are more likely to occur now, since high estrogen levels can make joints loose.
Assertiveness, competitiveness and ambition are strong, courtesy of high amounts of testosterone. This male hormone, always present in your blood at low levels, surges slightly right after ovulation.
As testosterone drops and progesterone levels start to climb (peaking around day 21), you should start to feel more serene.
Take action: Devote some time to yourself. Take solitary walks in the woods, write in your journal, or enroll in a meditation class.
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