If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling with extreme fatigue and heart palpitations for a number of months now. The blood work I had done came back normal, and I wasn’t really sure where to go from there.
I don’t know why I never came up with this information before, but it certainly seems logical.
Has anyone ever heard of postpartum thyroiditis?
You can develop it anytime in the year following the birth of a baby.
- Rapid heartbeat or palpitations
- Unexplained weight loss
- Increased sensitivity to heat
Those are hyperthyroidism symptoms. Later, the symptoms can swing to those of hypothyroidism:
- Unexplained weight gain
- Increased sensitivity to cold
I don’t really know where I fall in there, because I have pretty much all of these symptoms other than the weight gain. However, come to think of it, I did go back up about 10 pounds after I got back down to my pre-pregnancy weight.
According to what I read, most times postpartum thyroiditis goes away on its own. However, some women develop true hypothyroidism and it is has to be treated the rest of their life.
Anyway, I’m kind of glad to find that at least I have a logical explanation for how I’ve been feeling. I’m really hoping that this stuff truly does go away on its own.
Some days I feel pretty good. I’d say about 75% of the time, though, I am struggling just to do the basics like feeding everybody, changing diapers, and keeping the house relatively clean. The past few days I’ve really had a hard time; getting out-of-breath just by talking, feeling dizzy and like I’m about to pass out and feeling extremely weak. (Close your eyes, mom.) (My mom doesn’t like to let me drive if she knows this stuff.)
I’d love to know if anyone here has experienced this or if anyone knows of any natural remedies for thyroid problems. I have heard that coconut oil can help stimulate the thyroid, but I’m wondering if that would make things worse if I have hyperthyroidism. I don’t really know which one (hypo or hyper) I have since the doctor didn’t order the proper blood tests. I’ve been taking blackstrap molasses every day, but I don’t really know what else to try.