Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis from Fertility to Postpartum

Autoimmune thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, affects over 20 million of Americans, the majority of which are women. Thyroid conditions have a direct impact on our fertility, pregnancy, birth outcomes and can have a large influence on our postpartum period. But for some women, childbirth is the triggering event that leads to postpartum thyroiditis

Bridgit Danner, LAc and I had a great conversation on her podcast about autoimmune thyroiditis and how it effects our fertility, our baby’s health and our own postpartum health.

We focused in on postpartum care and I shared with Bridgit my own story of struggling with postpartum autoimmune thyroiditis.

Here is a bit of what I shared:

  • Why and which thyroid markers to test pre-conception
  • How an untreated thyroid condition can lead to miscarriage and developmental deficits
  • Why it’s important to test thyroid markers in weeks 6-12 of the “fourth trimester” (aka early postpartum) if you are autoimmune thyroid
  • Why changes in our immune system potentiate thyroid imbalance after childbirth
  • Which underlaying factors to consider of you have autoimmune thyroid
  • Why getting support is needed for post-partum health complaints

From Bridgit Danner, LAc:

If you are an autoimmune mom, a mom suffering with postpartum symptoms, a woman diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis, or someone curious about thyroid disorders (which are highly on the rise in women,) I think you’ll benefit from the info-packed interview with Dr. Brighten.

You can listen to our discussion here for FREE.

 

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About The Author

Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor and the founder of Rubus Health, a women’s medicine clinic that specializes in women's hormones. She is recognized as a leading expert in Post-Birth Control Syndrome and the long-term side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives. Dr. Brighten is the best selling author, speaker and regular contributor to several online publications including MindBodyGreen. She is a medical advisor for one of the first data-driven apps to offer women personalized birth control recommendations.