Welcome to the new and updated version of the Wellness Mama Podcast! After a long hiatus, we’re finally back! The new name of the show is “The Healthy Moms Podcast,” and there’s a new format to go with it. Each month, I’ll focus on one main topic, offering deeper knowledge in more digestible doses each week.
I’m also excited to introduce my friend Whitney, who will be a co-host on the show. Whitney will be the voice of our listeners and readers, asking your most important questions.
The first topic we’re diving into together is thyroid health. In upcoming episodes, we’ll be chatting with thyroid specialist, Dr. Izabella Wentz. But in this episode, I share my personal journey in this area.
Thyroid Disease and Pregnancy
It took nearly ten years for me to get a proper diagnoses of my thyroid issue, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an auto-immune form of thyroid disease. This is a complex issue, but I have finally started to make progress with the help of thyroid experts and doctors.
The effects of this condition have affected me since childhood, but I really began to notice something was wrong after the birth of my first child. After giving birth to him, I had a lot more of the more traditional thyroid symptoms like being cold more often, thinning hair especially in the eyebrows, digestive issues, and difficulty losing the baby weight. In my pregnancies that followed over the next 6 years, the issue snowballed.
The frustrating part of it all was that my blood tests didn’t indicate that I had a thyroid problem. I felt like I was going crazy because I knew something had to be wrong, but my doctors kept telling me things were normal. It wasn’t until I found a doctor who understood the nature of the autoimmune side of thyroid disease that I began to find answers.
If you suspect that you might have thyroid disease, I hope you can learn from my journey. Through many years of trial and error, I have found helpful ways to treat this problem as well as popular treatments that absolutely made things worse. For example, in my case adjusting my diet to discovery triggers (like gluten) was very helpful, while the common advice to take iodine supplements only made things worse for me.
Now, as I am currently pregnant again, I am working with a doctor on a protocol to ensure my thyroid condition stays in check. We’re testing my thyroid levels often, and I’m also taking a replacement thyroid hormone called WP Thyroid which is a natural T3 T4 combination that’s often used for Hashimoto’s and other types of thyroid disease. I’m also focusing my diet on high nutrient foods like proteins, healthy fats, bone broths, and lots of vegetables, which is helpful for thyroid function and the pregnancy in general. Check out this post on boosting thyroid function naturally.
It’s a work in progress, but working my doctor and monitoring the essentials of diet and sleep have made a huge impact on my health during this pregnancy.
Resources I Mention
- Dr. Izabella Wentz
- Book: Hashimotos Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause
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