Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis: Fertility to Postpartum

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Last Reviewed: Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

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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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten, NMD, is a women’s hormone expert and prominent leader in women’s medicine. As a licensed naturopathic physician who is board certified in naturopathic endocrinology, she takes an integrative approach in her clinical practice. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. She is the best selling author of Beyond the Pill and Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth. Dr. Brighten is an international speaker, clinical educator, medical advisor within the tech community, and considered a leading authority on women’s health. She is a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and a faculty member for the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine. Her work has been featured in the New York Post, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Bustle, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, Elle, and ABC News. Read more about me here.