Did you know that having an abnormally high or low thyroid can cause you miscarry?
One of the first things that I tell my clients to do is have a blood test to check their Thyroid levels. It’s super easy to do and can tell you so much about why your having trouble getting pregnant and sustaining a normal pregnancy.
Over 20 Million people suffer from a thyroid issue which is Hypo (under active) or Hyper (overactive). The most common cause of Hypo is Hashimotos (an autoimmune condition) and it is treated with a medication called Synthroid. Hypo-Thyroid means your body is not producing enough Thyroid hormone. In this case you will have a normal thyroxine level and a high TSH. Some symptoms of Hypo are low cold tolerance, weight gain, exhaustion and depression. When you are Hyper-Thyroid your body is producing an excessive amount of Thyroid hormone and one cause of this is Graves Disease in 50%-80% of the cases. Hyper is treated with Beta Blockers like Armour and Nature-Thyroid. When you are Hyper your body is producing an excessive amount of Thyroid hormone. Some symptoms of Hyper are heat intolerance, weight loss, sleeping difficulties, irritability, muscle weakness and a fast heartbeat. Sometimes women with Thyroid conditions will go undiagnosed because often the lab standards are higher than they should be – especially for a woman trying to conceive.
1/8 women with suffer at one point in their lives and oftentimes will complain of symptoms and be told they are crazy. My suggestion is to find a doctor who will listen to you and take you seriously. It’s always best to have the entire Thyroid blood panel done which includes: TSH, TPO antibodies, Free T3, Total T3 and Free T4. You cannot get the full picture by just looking at the TSH!
I have always been told that a women’s TSH should also be as close to 1 as possible when trying to conceive. In addition to finding a doctor you trust and if need be getting on meds you can also avoid certain foods like gluten and add foods like coconut oil, Fish Oils and ginger to your diet. Your issues may be easier to diagnose than you thought!