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.