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I seem to have super high cortisol in the evenings causing anxiety and a pounding heart and chills. I have been a Weston Price diet for many years with few restrictions other than milk, cream or ice cream as they really make me mucousy and upset my stomach. My biggest issue is insomnia. I wake up to urinate several times during the night and I always wake between 2-3AM with adrenaline surges. The sugar/salt mixture is not touching it. I have surges from the familiar sound of the radiator and every noise I hear. I am usually awake for at least 1.5-3hours. I am now 17 weeks pregnant and I think the physical stress of the pregnancy sent my already insufficient adrenals into a tailspin. I don’t seem to have low cortisol as I have the energy to make it through the day without fatigue despite less than 2 hours of sleep per night. I have tried paleo, gluten free, everything under the sun for adrenal support including GABA, 5HTP, melatonin, desiccated adrenal, adaptagenic herbs and much more. I do get very cold feet many nights, but not all. The thought of overfeeding and gaining a ton of weight with this pregnancy at 37 is not appealing, but I don’t know how else to get my cortisol levels into balance. How do I turn off the stress response when one of the biggest stresses is the fact that I am pregnant??? (I want the baby, its just the physical stress on my body)

Any thoughts on this? Also, I don’t know how to handle the little or no water issue as the body’s needs must be different during pregnancy. No matter how much I drink or how many good fats I eat my skin is dry for the first time in years and so are my lips.