An unnecessary miscarriage. A severely hypothyroid mom. And a vow.

An unnecessary miscarriage. A severely hypothyroid mom. And a vow.

It was January 2009

In New York City.

And it was cold.

I was so cold.

January is Thyroid Awareness Month,

And that date, I know,

Was a message, somehow.

I was on a medical exam table

Legs up in stirrups

Waiting for the surgical procedure

That would remove my miscarried baby

From my body at 12 weeks. 

An ultrasound was taken to reconfirm

That there was no heartbeat,

And there on the screen was my child.

I sprang off the table toward the image.

A howl

Like no sound I’d ever heard before

And it was my reflection in the screen

That I realized

That howl

It was coming from me. 

Months of pregnancy

Frantically calling my doctor.

I was sick.

I felt toxic. 

A few days later up all hours of the night

Searching online for studies on hypothyroidism.

You should know that I was once the team leader

Of a Columbia University professor’s research team

While completing my double Master’s degrees there. 

The Endocrine Society’s 2007 guidelines for pregnancy.

That’s it.

Let me read this.

The guidelines recommend a TSH

Less than 2.5 in the first trimester of pregnancy

And less than 3.0 in the second and third.

I repeat less than 2.5.

TSH is considered the gold standard for the treatment

Of hypothyroidism, in conventional medicine that is. 

Wait let me get the lab report taken during my pregnancy.

There it is. 

And there, as an arrow pierced my soul 

In bold letters to the right of my TSH

Lab score was the word HIGH. 

My TSH was roaring too high

At close to 10.0 during my pregnancy.

Too dangerously high for my child

So that my child was not receiving

Adequate thyroid hormone. 

During the early months a fetus relies

On the mother’s thyroid hormone supply.

This lack of thyroid hormone meant my child

Was unable to properly grow and develop. 

Do you mean to tell me that I lost my baby

All because my doctor didn’t read the guidelines? 

When I dug deeperIt became painfully clear

That this was a much more complex problem.

According to a study published in Thyroid in 2010,

Three waves of mail surveys were distributed

To 1601 health care providers, all members

Of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists

Or the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Only 11.5% had read the Endocrine Society’s guidelines. 

I knew something was wrong during my pregnancy.

My instincts roared at me.

But I squelched the screams because

Doctor knows best

Or so I thought.

As a child, I envisioned doctors flying

Off tall buildings

Wearing red capes

Ready to save the day.

I forgot to consider one important thing

That doctors, they are human, just like us.

They make mistakes too.

They don’t know absolutely everything,

Not even something as important as this. 

And it’s up to us, the patients,

To be well-informed

Always

To partner with doctors in our care

To be our very own advocate

And even bossy and demanding if needed.

Oh yes, I know.

Good girls are never bossy.

Well, being a good girl got me in this mess. 

Straight off a cliff I marched,

Good and obedient

Never protesting

Falling and falling. 

Why did I create Hypothyroid Mom?

I’m asked all the time.

Guilt.

So much guilt.

I trusted unquestioningly.

I failed to protect my child. 

Falling endlessly in the air,

Something changed.

I grabbed a handhold

With a strength I never knew I had

And vowed, “Never again.” 

I will never stand by while

Women, men, and children with hypothyroidism

Are struggling for proper care

And while babies are lost and harmed

Unnecessarily

Ever again. 

All hours of the day and night spent researching

Published studies on hypothyroidism,

Hours of turning myself into a guinea pig

To find the thyroid treatments that really work,

And the ones that don’t,

And a quest to find top thyroid doctors,

And yes there are incredibles ones out there,

And now I am in the best health ever. 

I was told that I would never have

Another healthy pregnancy again.

There was no hopeB

ecause of my severe hypothyroidism. 

But my son

He was born 

And with his first newborn cry

He let the world know

That there is one thing for certainIn this world

There is always hope

Oh so much hope. 

There are no words to describe my sorrow,

My sweet little one.

I should have better protected you.

I am sorry, so very sorry.

American poet Maya Angelou said,

“When you know better, you do better.”

Mommy knows better now

Helping over one million people

With hypothyroidism at this 

Website called Hypothyroid Mom

And it’s all for you. 

MY VOW. MY BOOK. Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease.

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About Dana Trentini

Dana Trentini founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby she lost to hypothyroidism. This is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.

Comments

  1. LynnMarie Richmond says

    I had 8 miscarriages as well. I was always just told “It just was not meant to be and miscarriages are God’s way of correcting things.” Or sometimes “our body” would take the place of ” God’s way”. I never knew why until this moment, reading this article. I am just sick in the heart!

    • LynnMarie, I’m very sorry to hear about your lost babies and all you’ve been through. It is good to have you at Hypothyroid Mom. Best, Dana Trentini (aka Hypothyroid Mom)

  2. I’ve had four pregnancies and lost three, all at 7 weeks. The first, third and fourth. My surviving child – a daughter – was the second pregnancy; I had a great time, no morning sickness (at any time of the day!) but at 36 weeks I had to register at a new hospital in Qatar and they told me my child had severe hydrocephalus. At 38 weeks she was delivered by section and had her own neurosurgery at three days old. While she has had setbacks in life she is happy and her general health is good. All I can say is that she was determined to be on this earth because not once was I advised that my hypothyroidism was a danger to my pregnancy health! Not once was my medication amended to cover for my growing belly…and these are meant to be the experts, the people we are told to trust, and the people (some at least) who believe they should not be questioned! I won’t ever have any more children – my mind and my body have had enough – but now I question EVERYTHING!!!

  3. We don’t take merely miscarriage is common thing. I understand the pain of miscarriage. thyroid checkup must for every women to avoid miscarriages.

  4. I had 5 miscarriages 3 between 8 n 10 weeks and 2 at 16 weeks both requiring surgery 15 yrs later trying to uncover another mystery illness during a time I was waiting for a parathyroid to be removed I was then told it was likely it was my thyroid that was causing the miscarriages?!?! I was finally blessed with a beautiful baby girl 15 yrs ago.

    • LynnMarie Richmond says

      I had 8 miscarriages as well. I was always just told “It just was not meant to be and miscarriages are God’s way of correcting things.” Or sometimes “our body” would take the place of ” God’s way”. I never knew why until this moment, reading this article. I am just sick in the heart!

  5. I had 4 miscarriages. The longest I was able to carry was 14 weeks in 2008. Was the last one. I had already been diagnosed with hypothyroidism when we were in California but noone explained it, and I obviously didn’t do enough research.
    I had a partial hysterectomy 2010 and that same year was sent to an endocrinologist that told me I cld still have children if I took a baby aspirin daily. I replied back that I would also need a uterus.
    Luckily back in 93 I was able to conceive and carry my handsome son. Before… I am grateful for him.

    Thank you for your story and this page.

  6. Elaine moniz says

    I also lost 3 children to Thyroid disease. I was 17 years old the first time. Doctors never mentioned my Thyroid. Being so young I didn’t know about what thyroid was all about. I did have my first born at 20 born full term and healthy. And at 28 a second child. I have hypothyroidism and now am 71 years old still dealing with symptoms every day.

  7. You literally wrote this the day after I had a miscarriage at 9 weeks you will never know the way that you have just touched my soul… I feel pain I feel guilt I feel resentment I feel anger and you put it all into perspective. I too only have one child oddly enough A 6 year old boy…. and Jan 27th 2019 I lost my baby who stopped developing at 7 weeks though I was 9 weeks pregnant… I thank you for your story… You just never know what someone is going through.

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