Pregnancy and hypothyroidism. That is a short and tragic story in many cases. Far too often when the thyroid is operating at less than optimum level, the body can not support the pregnancy for long. Then a once joyous event turns tragic and heartbreaking. Far too many women have had to learn that pregnancy and hypothyroidism can often end in miscarriage. Many doctors tell us that hypothyroidism is permanent and irreversible. So what is the thyroid challenged woman who wants a baby to do?
In case you have not been following along, I personally decided to take on healing my own hypothyroidism naturally. Which most of the medical world lead me to believe it does not get healed. Once it is broken, it’ broken. You take medications for the rest of your life, end of story. After 2 years of buying that story, I decided enough… Something happened for my thyroid to go haywire in the first place, they don’t just quit on 27-year-old women. My journey began with learning as much as I could, And trying it on myself! What better way to learn than to use my body to tell me how I feel.
It began over 2 months ago. I started by quitting a synthetic thyroid hormone as I also started several natural supplements and regimens. The whole plan I started which included, stress-reducing techniques, as well as herbs, essential oils, supplements, and foods.
I continued to follow this plan all the while absolutely knowing my body could and would heal it’s self if only I gave it the right things to get the ball rolling.
Bloodwork and hormone levels
They say the proof is in the pudding right? Well, the pudding, in this case, would be the blood work, the actual numbers.
I had blood work done, and there have been massive improvements but I am not done yet. When they thyroid issue showed its ugly face 2 years ago, My TSH levels were 19.77. Now keep in mind that ” in range” is considered .4 – 4. And “optimal range” being more like .4 – 2. Mine, unfortunately, was 19.77, the number sounds high but really I am hypothyroid (low thyroid) its complicated and sounds a bit backward, but it is true. My recent blood work my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) was…
Ok, not .4 – 2 like in the best possible range but what an improvement from the 19.77, where I started. So I know I am on the path to healing (and by the way I am absolutely shocking the doctors, wink-wink).
So I want to talk about a few things that I have learned in this process. A head ache is a sign of high TSH levels. (TSH is thyroid stimulating hormone, the higher the TSH the lower functioning the thyroid). So when a headache appears I do what I can to stop, reduce stress, before it tumbles out of control. If my energy is low I take Maca. Also, I found a few more pieces of info on a site with great thyroid info click here. One of those things talks about people who suffer from low thyroid typically have low stomach acid. Making digesting and using some of those nutrients and supplements less effective. So adding lemon (high acid content) to water that you take your supplements with, helps your body to digest and use the supplements.
Pregnancy and Hypothyroidism
Lastly, I would like to say what pushed me down this road to a natural cure. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after the pregnancy with my third child. Most people in the medical world told me as long as I am on my medications I am fine, So I believed that. I became pregnant about 18 months after diagnosis, and 9-10 weeks of gestation, I miscarried. This was the 2nd miscarriage for me, but my first since diagnosis. With recurrent miscarriage, doctors tend to try to dig in and find out why. Every test possible was ran from lead levels, progesterone, some sort of blood clotting thing just to name a few. EVERYTHING tested out normal. That was where I thought I will learn to heal myself.
Well, I now need to announce I am expecting again. I sit at 12 weeks and 4 days as of right now. That’s with a TSH level of 5.33, and NO synthetic thyroid hormone. I am on lots of healthy products, foods and supplements and herbs.
I wanted to add a recent update to this post. As of April 22, 2015
The latest results from the thyroid test are getting even better. The original TSH level that was very high was 19.77 then down to 5.33 which I announced earlier on this post. Its has been about 6 weeks since the last test but now MY TSH levels are drum-roll……….
I am amazed by the results. The doctors are speechless and the pregnancy is continuing on normally. So with the recent finding, I may not be completely out of the danger zone, however, with a continuing usage of supplement and herbs, I believe my thyroid can and will be fully healed.
Healing a low functioning thyroid isn’t just for me. Health is where we are all meant to be. Maybe the truth is we just need to find the real root cause and if we fix that, healing just occurs. Be it stress, lack of nutrients or out of balance hormones. Our bodies want health and balance. Not just a band-aid to cover up the symptom. If we give our bodies the right things it will give us miracles back, it will give you a healthy you back ♡♡♡
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Beth is a mother of 5 living on a handful of acres in an old farmhouse in central Kansas. Beth has a background in the military and health and fitness however her passions come from her homestead life. Beth is an enthusiastic homeschooling mom, avid organic gardener, chicken & goat wrangler, who is obsessed with herbs and natural remedies and maintaining an all-around Do-It-Yourself lifestyle. Beth loves to share all she has learned about and sustainable living. While striving for a healthy, natural life, family-centered life.