What is Your Thyroid and how does it affect your Pregnancy: All About Hyperthyroidism After Childbir


Your thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck, regulates a lot of basic functions, such as metabolism. It does this by constantly releasing a steady amount of hormones called thyroxine into the bloodstream, explains Zev Williams, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center. When the body needs more energy – like during pregnancy – the thyroid gland produces more hormones. Two pregnancy-related hormones – human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and estrogen – cause higher thyroid hormone levels in the blood. But for some women, an immune system malfunction can cause the thyroid to go into overdrive, resulting in hyperthyroidism. This literally means overactive thyroid.

Hyperthyroidism Symptoms After Pregnancy

Those suffering from hyperthyroidism may encounter many of the following symptoms:

  1. Rapid weight loss

  2. Heat intolerance

  3. Excessive hunger

  4. Hair loss

  5. A bulge in the base of the neck

  6. Hot flashes

  7. Sweating

  8. Trembling

  9. Diarrhea

  10. Nervousness

  11. Hyperactivity

  12. Emotional instability and irritability

  13. Fatigue

  14. Insomnia

  15. Restlessness

  16. Racing heart

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