Thyroid problems after having a baby?

hypo and hyper thyroid probs are a major problem in my family…..lets see, my grandpa, his brother, my mother, 2 of my aunts….probably more that I’m unaware of as well. I’m 24 and just had a baby recently. I’ve never had a prob with weight before and have been dieting and exercising very dilligently with no results. It was already the plan to test my thyroid every year now and I need to get in here soon to have my first test, but can the thyroid be affected by pregnancy at all?


  • ƦєdAиgєℓ

    Yes, pregnancy is a trigger.

    "Some doctors estimate that as many as 5 to 10% of women develop a thyroid problem after delivery. Childbirth can be a hormonal trigger for Hashimoto’s Disease."

    Most cases of hypothyroidism is hashimoto’s. As this is an autoimmune disease, lowering antibodies is a must to prevent more damage to the thyroid gland. Studies show 200mcg of selenium (around 4 brazil nuts) daily lower antibody levels up to 40% in 3 months and "…researchers found that…organ-specific autoantibodies (i.e., thyroid antibodies) — will disappear after 3 to 6 months of a gluten-free diet." You may be given thyroid supplements, natural desiccated thyroid hormone is much preferred by many, but it is very recommended to go gluten free and take selenium as well.

    TSH is not the most accurate indicator of thyroid conditions. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis swings between hyper and hypo so test results go up and down. TSH should be between 0.3 – 3.0mU/l but your levels can be normal and thyroid antibodies can be very high. The highest i’ve read on a blog was 100x higher than normal antibodies with normal TSH, free T3 and free T4. Free T3 and free T4 are optimal in the high normal range.

    There is a condition called postpartum thyroiditis which is basically identical to hashimoto’s which can occur about 4 months after giving birth. 25% to 30% of women develop permanent hypothyroidism after postpartum thyroiditis.

    A few links to read through>>>

    Postpartum thyroiditis>>>

    Causes of hypothyroidism>>>

    Why do i still have thyroid symptoms when my labs tests are normal>>>

    Recommended lab tests>>>

    Hashimoto’s – the autoimmune attack on your thyroid>>>

    The Celiac/Autoimmune Thyroid Connection>>>

    Selenium and hashimoto’s thyroiditis>>>

  • Dr.Pkg

    Yes thyroid can effect the pregnancy unless it is treated.You may have to take Eltrocin daily in the morning in empty stomach.Get your blood test done as early as possible.Doctor will give the dosage depends on the blood results.Remember you need to have once in 3 or 6 months thyroid test so that the dosage can be controlled by a doctor.Have a nice day.

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