When your baby is born, it will be tested for thyroid function. One in every 3,500 babies is born with hypothyroidism, and it is important for treatment to begin in the first two months of life. If you are having a short hospital stay or home delivery, make sure the baby's thyroid test doesn't get missed.
Your whole system adapts to pregnancy and lactation, but after your baby is born is one time in your life when your thyroid hormone levels can easily get out of whack. For instance, it is known that one out of 20 new mothers will have thyroid problems sometime in the first year after delivery.
If you are vulnerable to various autoimmune problems-if you or someone in your close family has rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, or pernicious anemia, or you take insulin for juvenile diabetes - your risk may rise to 1 out of 4 for thyroid problems postpartum.
They say that new mothers are stressed out, depressed, weak, irritable - because of the birth and caring for the baby.
So if you are feeling really dragged out or stressed out, be sure you get the basic thyroid test - for the TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) in your blood. If this shows you have a problem, other tests can indicate what to do to help you.
Nowadays doctors will treat your thyroid problems in that important first year and won't just wait for you to "snap out of it." You deserve to feel your best, and fixing your thyroid levels may do it or at least help a lot.
This is the third most common thyroid problem in the US.