Postpartum thyroiditis.. aka “the baby blahs”

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Fatigue, anxiousness, weight gain… just some of the perks of becoming a new mom, right?

Much has been said about postpartum blues, but have you ever thought you just had a case of the baby blahs? From the beginning of your pregnancy right through to when you wean off breastfeeding, you are on one crazy hormone ride. Your hormone levels shoot up and crash down all over the place… did you ever think that your new mommy fatigue, anxiousness, and weight gain might be more than normal for a new mom? It may just indicate a thyroid imbalance.

Thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland) affects up to 17% of women postpartum, and can manifest as hyperthyroidism (overactive) or hypothyroidism (underactive). 1 out of 4 women over the ages of 40 are affected by an underactive thryroid, but the good news is that it’s very treatable. If you have any of the symptoms below and they are of concern to you, it would be wise to get it checked by an endocrinologist (MD who specializes in hormones).

Symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Muscle cramps
  • Memory impairment

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)

  • Anxiousness
  • Trembling
  • Weight loss
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Night sweats/sweaty palms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty concentrating

Once an Endocrinologist has tested your blood and accurate diagnosis is made, your thyroiditis symptoms can be treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used to to boost your energy, regulate sleep patterns, and restore hormonal balance. There are several powerful acupuncture points on the ear and the body that can be used to regulate the production of thyroid hormones.

At Acupuncture RemediesTM, we take all of your symptoms into account and tailor treatments for your personal imbalance. Treatments are aimed at balancing the energy within the body to optimize health. Contact us to arrange a treatment today, you will feel better after just one treatment!