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Women on Fire® Podcast Presents...

Don’t Sweat It: How To Make The Change A Good One With Nicky Pellegrino

Nicky Pellegrino is a best-selling author in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand
Nicky Pellegrino is a best-selling author in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. She writes delicious novels about Italy and her stories are filled with food, friendship, and love. And the kind of people who will feel like they’re your friends.

If you’ve never read one of her Italian novels we recommend you do with a full tummy and prepare to have your passport ready.

Nicky's also the author of Don’t Sweat It: How To Make ‘The Change’ A Good One. It's a candid, honest and warm guide to perimenopause and menopause. Nicky wrote it after perimenopause crept up on her and threw her usually-together self into turmoil.

The empowering book tells the story of Nicky's own experience from rage to missing libidos. It also includes other women's stories and the latest research on perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.

Nicky’s currently writing her 15th novel which increasingly features women in midlife. Her latest release is P.S. Come To Italy.

Born in Liverpool, Nicky’s half Italian, and spent her childhood summers in Italy, hence the Italian flavour of her novels. She’s been based in New Zealand for 30 years after meeting her husband at a wedding.

Well known for wisdom and the wit of her storytelling she’s also a former editor and currently a freelance writer on a diverse range of subjects including health.

Podcast Interview

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Writing about a hot flush when you haven’t had one (4:08)
  • Coming of age – what is midlife (4.37)
  • Pushing back against invisibility (6:20)
  • Why it’s a bad idea to write a book about menopause when you’re in peri and why she did (7:25)
  • Stumbling into peri and the beauty of post- (12:00)
  • Imposter syndrome (14:12)
  • Throwing out bras and other body changes (15:15)
  • Wine and coffee – BFF no more (16:10)
  • A missing libido (16:57)
  • Recurring themes in menopause with loss of confidence reigning high (19:01)
  • Lack. of knowledge – are there better ways? (24:00)
  • There aren’t any roadmaps (25:00)
  • The importance of self-care, mental health, friends, and laughter (26:00)
  • Laugh more, it’s good for you!
  • The Italian Experience and culinary tour (28:36)
  • What she wished she’d known about perimenopause and menopause (32:00)
  • Despite the hype, HRT isn’t the be-all and end-all (31:26)
  • Advice to women (36:55)
  • Suggestions for aspiring novelists (41:28)

Episode Resources:

  • You can follow Nicky Pellegrino on Instagram here
  • And on Facebook here
  • Or visit her website here
  • To find out more about her culinary tours to Italy click here
  • For a manuscript assessment click here

Video Version

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Welcome to the Women On Fire® Podcast. We’re on a mission to help you have your best menopause and rest of your life.

I’m your host, Jenna Moore. I’m an accredited integrative health and menopause coach and I’ve studied nutritional awareness, women’s hormones through a functional medicine lens and explored various modalities including breath work, mindset and positive psychology.

Join me and my guests as we discuss how to navigate the natural life transition of menopause and growing older. From waistlines, waning libidos and what to wear now we’re over 40 we discuss it all.

Women On Fire® is sponsored by MenoMe®, a New Zealand based company by women for women. MenoMe® specialises in evidence-based, all-natural supplements so you can experience freedom in menopause.

Disclaimer: Our Mini Pause’s are for information purposes only. They come from a holistic vantage point and from collating (often conflicting) scientific data if it’s available. They should not take the place of medical advice.

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.