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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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a licensed Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor, best selling author, speaker, and mother. Dr. Brighten specializes in women’s health, from fertility to postpartum care, adrenal and thyroid support, autoimmune conditions, and digestive disorders. In her patient centered practice, Dr. Brighten thrives on navigating the space between conventional and alternative medicine, all while working with patients to help them achieve optimum balance, health, and happiness.