Hypothyroid during pregnancy is never easy but it can be maintained with a good, clean dedicated diet. It is very common and it’s usually because the thyroid may be damaged a little or/and too much hormone production. Symptoms vary but some people complain that they are either too hot or sweaty, emotionally hyper, feeling restless. This depends on the person. Now symptoms that arise during the incomplete production of hormones include weight gain, fatigue and lethargy. Some say that they experience being very cold too often. Again, this is depending from person to person. Although a lot of these symptoms mirror pregnancy, during the first series of tests in your first and second trimester your doctor should be able to determine what is or isn’t normal.
So what do I do if I have Hypothyroid during pregnancy?
You may feel at a loss, especially since pregnancy can be a chore as it is. Take it one moment at a time. One ailment at a time. Your doctor will keep a close eye on your blood levels and probably prescribe a synthetic. listen to him but do your own research and make sure you get a second opinion in a more holistic and natural MD setting. The problem with most drugs during pregnancy especially, is that it can make everything worse so that is why I strongly suggest a naturalistic MD who can recommend an OB who is well informed about hypothyroid. So, since I am not a DR (yet!), I am going to give you some helpful tools to help you get through this.
According to the Native Remedies website, science based info, there are some natural approaches to healing:
- Surround yourself with a good support system
- Educate yourself on your condition
- Involve doctors, homeopaths, naturopaths, specialists, therapists, family, friends etc in the management of your condition
- Try to maintain a positive ‘can-do’ attitude
- Eat a healthy well-balanced diet
- Include lots of salt water fish, shellfish and sea weed in your diet as these are rich in iodine – essential for healthy thyroid functioning
- Avoid cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale) as these contain a natural thyroid blocker
- Try to do regular physical activity or exercise
- Take and adjust your medications as necessary
- Have your hormone levels monitored on a regular basis
- Perform a daily thyroid self-massage. To massage the thyroid gland; gently stroke up and down the sides of the trachea (also known as windpipe).
This is a basic guide for those of you who have already had hypothyroid before pregnancy. Consult your physician about what you might have as far as symptoms. Make sure they know what you plan to do! And do you homework! Call local naturalistic MD in your area!