In honor of Thyroid Awareness Month, I thought I would offer some information I’ve learned in my training about thyroid health as well as provide a helpful article from a trusted source on why you should solve thyroid problems before conceiving, not only for your health but the health of your future baby.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck above the collarbones. Your doctor likely has checked it with their hands from time to time to see if your thyroid is swollen. It’s main jobs are to regulate heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. BUT, when the thyroid is not functioning properly it will impact nearly every other organ in the body because there are receptor sites for thyroid hormones on every single cell in the body.
If these hormones are out of balance it can influence other functions in the body including: weight (loss or gain), fertility, menstruation, skin tone, energy levels, memory, and digestion. Yikes!
Below are some symptoms of hypothyroidism (under active), subclinical hypothyroidism (elevated TSH, but thyroid hormone levels are normal) and hyperthyroidism (over active).*
• Weight gain
• Sensitivity to cold
• Brain fog
• Thinning or straw-like hair
• Memory problems
• Dry skin
• Irregular or heavy periods.
• Feeling tired or sluggish – despite getting enough sleep
• Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
• Low mood or depression
• Cognitive issues
• Cold intolerance
• Hair loss
• Weak or brittle nails
• Dry skin.
• Rapid heart rate
• Weight loss
• Increased appetite
• Bulging eyes
• Nervousness or anxiety
• Irregular menstruation and infertility.
Check out the article to understand more about the function of the thyroid, importance of a healthy thyroid for you and your baby, and some natural tips to help if you’ve been diagnosed with any of the above listed conditions.
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*Please keep in mind there are many signs and symptoms associated with thyroid dysfunctions and you should talk with your doctor to discuss getting it checked out rather than self diagnosing.