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Postpartum Thyroiditis




Unfortunately birth can trigger the onset of new autoimmune conditions that you may not have experienced before. Postpartum thyroiditis is one of the most common autoimmune conditions to affect new mothers. This causes mom's immune system to attack her thyroid causing tissue destruction. Women are at a greater chance of developing postpartum thyroiditis if they have a history of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a history of postpartum thyroiditis or have ever tested positive for anti-thyroid peroxidase or anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.


For many women this condition may resolve during your first year postpartum, however it will persist in 20% of women and they will likely be diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Symptoms may include fatigue, depression, dry skin, hair loss, weight gain or the difficulty losing weight, cold intolerance, memory loss or brain fog, headache, constipation, muscles aches and joint pain and reduction in breast milk supply. Having an underactive thyroid can also lengthen your postpartum recovery time leading to further postpartum depletion. Many of the symptoms listed above are commonly felt in the early postpartum period, but please let your healthcare provider know if something feels out of the ordinary or prolonged.


Unfortunately, having blood labs performed postpartum is rare, which is why a diagnosis is usually pushed off while prolonged symptoms of depression, exhaustion and MSK symptoms are shrugged off as "normal postpartum complaints".


Together, Dr. Sarah, Dr. Caitlin and Dr. Rachel vow to do more for their postpartum patients. There is a vast amount of support that can help women during their pregnancies and early postpartum periods. If you have been experiencing some of the symptoms listed above, please give Pinnacle Hill Chiropractic a call to see how our women's health providers can help support you!


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