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Just wondering if any other mothers have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism after having their baby and if so what helped you overcome it? Within the first two months I lost all the baby weight and was back to pre pregnancy weight. Then at about the 3 month mark, I started gaining weight like crazy but I was still eating healthily and doing exercise most days. The doctor diagnosed me with hypothyroidism and said it can happen with the hormone shift after giving birth or a few months after and that it usually settles down at around 6-9 months afterwards. My baby is a bit over 5 months and the weight is still mounting on! Any advice?

Posted anonymously, 5th February 2014

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  • I was diagnosed long before I fell pregnant. I have to take medication once a day, every day, for the rest of my life. I was always thin, even during pregnancy. I could fit back into my normal clothes only 2 weeks after birth but 3 months later started putting weight on, more and more. No matter how I eat or how much exercise I do it doesn’t do anything. I don’t think I am a bigger girl but I am definitely not nearly as confident in my body as I used to be. The GP says theres nothing else I can do because I am already doing what I need too, just not getting any results.

  • While I was pregnant I had it. Simply fixed with treatment for me via tablets

  • I had the opposite after both pregnancies with an overactive thyroid. Both times needed medication which sadly meant I couldn’t breastfeed. It did settle over a couple of year and I don’t need medication at the moment. Have you been referred to an endocrinologist? You’ll need to so that it is treated properly and your blood tests are carried out often enough etc. Your thyroid hormone levels can change quite quickly so a specialist is the way to go. Good luck and I hope it resolves itself soon.

  • goodluck, other than limiting your food intake for a while or taking meds there is not much to do

  • Have to spoken to the Dr about whether meds would be the way to go in your situation?

  • its crazy the amount of things women can be diagnosed with after pregnancy. love learning all this. some great info

  • did the dr say you should take meds?

  • there are some good comments here

  • how did it all go?

  • Would love to hear if you had s successful outcome?

  • How did you go? :)

  • I hope you have some answers

  • i have suffered from both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism since having a total thyroidectomy after having thyroid cancer. You need to find a GP that will run regular blood tests for the TH levels to ensure you are sitting in the right range. I take medication to regulate my thyroid (as i no longer have a thyroid) and although it sits in the right range i always have problems with my weight. talk to your GP about medication to regulate it. it can be a battle that’s for sure but keeping in the ‘right’ range will ensure you even out your levels.

  • Find a GP you trust and that is approachable, hormones can do some pretty strange things to our bodies sometimes time is all that is needed but medical intervention is also sometimes needed, any conditions you are concerned about should be followed up by a qualified doctor.

  • I got this 22 years ago after the birth of my daughter, I was put on oroxine and unless I continue to take it get quite ill. The symptoms were weight gain, exhaustion, and sore joints. I would get another opinion to see if you need to be on medications, I have to be monitored every 6 months to see where my levels are and sometime the medication needs adjusting.

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