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Nov 10, 2023

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In today's episode of Holistic Health Radio I'm joined again by Stefanie Valakas, an expert fertility dietiitan & nutritionist and founder of The Dietologist. Stefanie and her virtual practice are dedicated to excellence in nutrition for reproductive health concerns, fertility & pregnancy. Her passion for nutrition in this space has truly grown from her experience helping her clients online from around the world and also through her own personal experiences of navigating a diagnosis of endometriosis.

In this episode we cover all aspects of recovering your periods post partum and answer your most commonly asked questions about the return of your menstrual cycles after giving birth including:

1. Is it common for periods to be delayed or irregular post-partum?

2. How long does it typically take for menstrual cycles to normalise after childbirth?

3. Could breastfeeding be affecting the return of my periods?

4. Are there any specific factors that might delay period recovery in post-partum women?

5. How can I differentiate between lactational amenorrhea and hypothalamic amenorrhea in my post-partum period?

6. Are there any specific markers or signs that can help identify the cause of amenorrhea after childbirth?

7. What role does breastfeeding intensity and frequency play in lactational amenorrhea and its impact on menstrual recovery?

8. What steps can I take to support my body in regaining regular menstrual cycles?

9. Is it possible to regain periods naturally without compromising breastfeeding?

10. What dietary and lifestyle factors might influence post-partum amenorrhea?

11. Could exercise or physical activity affect the return of my periods?

12. Are there any red flags that I should be aware of when it comes to post-partum health and menstrual recovery?

13. Should I consider seeking medical advice if my periods haven't returned after a certain amount of time?

14. What is your approach to tailoring nutritional recommendations for individuals who are simultaneously navigating lactational amenorrhea or hypothalamic amenorrhea after birth?

You can learn about how you can work with Stefanie and The Dietologist team below:

  • Website:
  • Instagram @the_dietologist and @endo.dietitian
  • Facebook Pages: The Dietologist and The Endometriosis Dietitian
  • Facebook Group: Fertility Friendly Food
  • Podcast: Fertility Friendly Food
  • Trying to Conceive Whilst Breastfeeding with Lana Hirth APD – Fertility Friendly Food Episode 105: