5 Basic Symptoms of Postpartum Thyroiditis

Are you feeling fatigued and sluggish more than you think is normal during the postpartum period? You may have postpartum thyroiditis. The symptoms of postpartum thyroiditis are surprisingly similar to normal feelings that moms go through after giving birth.

What is postpartum thyroiditis?

Postpartum thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid glad after pregnancy. It can cause thyroid hormones to go up and down. Most women will seek help when their thyroid levels are elevated, or hypothyroid.

The American Thyroid Association estimates that 5-10% of new moms get postpartum thyroiditis. I suspect that number is greater since having thyroid hormones checked is not standard of care after birth (yet)!

4 reasons you may be at higher risk for postpartum thyroiditis:

  1. If you have a current autoimmune disease.

  2. If you have a history of previous thyroid dysfunction

  3. If you have a history of previous postpartum thyroiditis

  4. If you have a family history of thyroid dysfunction

Now for what you’ve been waiting for. What are the symptoms that show you may have postpartum thyroiditis? If you are experiencing any of these, it’s important to talk with a healthcare provider to get your labs checked.

  1. Debilitating fatigue

    All moms who aren’t sleeping through the night are struggling with fatigue! If you feel like you are fatigued, sluggish and have foggy brain that feels unusual, it may be from postpartum thyroiditis.

  2. Cold hands and feet

    If the rest of your body is warm and you can’t seem to get your hands and feet to warm up, your body is telling you that your thyroid hormones may be out of balance.

  3. Hair loss

    The hair loss after birth has to do with many different hormones going up and down. Most all women experience it but you may have postpartum thyroiditis if yours is lasting longer than you expected.

  4. Gaining weight

    It certainly isn’t the norm to drop all your pregnancy weight in the first few weeks after birth (despite what the media shows us)! I strive to help mamas feel comfortable in their changing bodies and help them with mindful weight loss. If you are gaining weight after birth instead of steadily losing weight or maintaining weight, that could be your body telling you that postpartum thyroiditis is happening.

  5. Postpartum depression

    Postpartum depression is complex but I have worked with women over and over again to help them work through PPD with nutrient repletion, hormone balance and stress reduction. Thyroid hormones are always one of the first things I check when a mom comes in with PPD. Having a balanced mood is vital to your and your family’s well-being. If you’re struggling with depression, talk with someone about thyroid hormones.

Postpartum Thyroiditis Symptoms

Not sure who you can reach out to on your journey to diagnose, treat and heal your postpartum thyroiditis? I would love to work with you! Find out more about working together HERE.