I lost my unborn baby needlessly. What I want other women to know about thyroid disease

I lost my unborn baby needlessly. What I want other women to know about thyroid disease.

If you knew you weren’t feeling well during your pregnancy, why didn’t you get a second medical opinion? [Read more…]

Help Save Babies on World Thyroid Day

Help Save Babies on World Thyroid Day

Today May 25, 2016 is World Thyroid Day.

Today is the day we SAVE BABIES. [Read more…]

Thyroid Hormone, Birth Defects, and the Developing Brain

Thyroid Hormone, Birth Defects and the Developing Brain

I miscarried my child at 12 weeks needlessly from maternal hypothyroidism. I knew deep inside me that something was wrong with my pregnancy. I should have gone for a second medical opinion but I didn’t. I was of the belief that doctor knows best and I have to live with that regret for the rest of my life.

Despite mounting evidence of the dangers of maternal thyroid dysfunction in pregnancy, there is still NO universal thyroid screening in pregnancy and this enrages me.
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Hypothyroidism and Autism: The Story of Micah Boy Genius

Hypothyroidism and Autism: The Story of Micah Boy Genius

Micah (image via Jadranka Isabel Photography)

In August 2013 an article appeared in Endocrine Today entitled Gestational hypothyroxinemia associated with autism occurrence. It referred to a large-scale study published in the Annals of Neurology that revealed mothers with severe hypothyroxinemia (defined as maternal free T4 in the lowest 5th percentile with normal serum TSH) were four times more likely to give birth to a child with autism. I think of this article often and wonder about the madness of a medical system that fails to protect our children. Despite the research showing the potential dangers of thyroid disease in pregnancy, there is currently NO routine thyroid testing in pregnancy.

A mother named Jessica wrote a comment on my Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page. Jessica has hypothyroidism and her two sons have congenital hypothyroidism. Her son Micah has congenital hypothyroidism and autism. This photo of Jessica’s son Micah on their Facebook page Micah Boy Genius (the same one I’ve used above for the photo of this article) grabbed my heart. I just knew that I had to hear more of his story.

I write Hypothyroid Mom for us the adults with hypothyroidism. However to tell you the truth, I really write Hypothyroid Mom to create change for our children, so they do not suffer the same struggle for proper diagnosis and treatment as us. A child is never too young to be tested for hypothyroidism. Watch your children for signs. You must read Micah’s story and you will be convinced. Micah was born February 2009. Happy 5th Birthday Micah. Thank you to you and your family for sharing this unforgettable story. I have no doubt your story will help many children. [Read more…]

In Memory of the Premature Babies Lost to Hypothyroid Moms on World Prematurity Day

In Memory of the Premature Babies Lost to Hypothyroid Moms on World Prematurity Day

November is Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17 is World Prematurity Day. This post is written in memory of all the preemie babies lost to hypothyroid moms across the globe.
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