Thyroid problems affect an estimated 59 million Americans, the vast majority of them women. Few women, however, are aware of the critical relationship between the thyroid gland - our master gland of metabolism - and nearly every aspect of child-bearing. As a woman, your thyroid can affect your fertility, your ability to become pregnant and maintain a healthy pregnancy, postpartum health, successful breastfeeding, and even the health of your baby.
Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough will help you understand the important information you need to get pregnant, have a healthy baby, stay healthy yourself, and breastfeed your baby.
Undiagnosed, thyroid problems can cause infertility or recurrent miscarriage, making it difficult or impossible for you to get or stay pregnant. Even expensive and invasive fertility tests and procedures may not be looking for whether your thyroid is the real reason you can't get pregnant.
Thyroid problems can complicate your pregnancy. Undiagnosed, untreated or improperly treated thyroid can worsen your pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, fatigue, hair loss, and depression, and increase the risk of miscarriage, intrauterine growth retardation, pre-term labor, stillbirth, and even cognitive problems or mental retardation in your child.
Thyroid problems can appear after delivery. Diagnosis is often missed, however, because thyroid symptoms such as fatigue, depression, weight gain/loss, and hair loss are supposedly "normal" for a new mother.
Thyroid problems can cause difficulties with breastfeeding. Undiagnosed or undertreated thyroid problems are a key factor behind low milk supply.
If you're a woman struggling to conceive a baby, getting your thyroid problem diagnosed and properly treated, reading The Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough, may finally be the solution to problems you've had having a baby. And, if you're a woman with a thyroid condition, you'll have the information to make it possible to have a perfectly healthy pregnancy and baby.
In my own case, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hypothyroidism in 1995. In 1997, at
age 35, my husband and I started our efforts to conceive a child, but only after I had a thorough
understanding of my fertility cycles, and had my thyroid condition under control and carefully monitored.
I'm happy to report that with the extra planning, preparation and knowledge, our daughter was conceived
quickly, and after an uneventful pregnancy, was born a happy and healthy 8 1/2
pounds in late 1997. Having a thyroid problem doesn't mean you can't have a baby!
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All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician or health practitioner before starting a new fitness regimen.