"The Arrival of My Second Child"
ISSUE 103, 2nd June 2022
Welcome, Thyroid Family, to Issue 103 of The Free Thyroid Family Newsletter.
I delivered my second child the other day, managing to have the water birth I’d hoped for after a long and complicated pregnancy, with a high risk label attached until two weeks before I went in to labour.
So many emotions accompanied my labour this time, including relief that I was finally close to meeting him after many scares along the way, thanks to both non-thyroid related complications as well as my thyroid condition (and levels) being hard to stabilise for a good portion of my pregnancy.
But we made it. And we’re doing well.
I’ll continue to share my experiences as a parent with autoimmune hypothyroidism, as well as how my health is postpartum. So far, I’m doing well.
This newsletter issue is titled "The Arrival of My Second Child" in regards to this news, but it also includes information on thyroid related news and links to my most popular social media posts from the last fortnight. Enjoy reading.
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Happy reading, thyroid thrivers.
The Invisible Hypothyroidism
👀 In Case You Missed it...
- I had a couple more hard health days / thyroid flares towards the end of my pregnancy.
- Last week was International Thyroid Awareness Week. See my recommended reading "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate" here.
Proposed Changes To Good Medical Practice
The GMC has a consultation on their proposed updated version of 'Good Medical Practice'. It includes 'working with patients'.
You may like to complete this, to say how you feel patients could be better included in decisions.
You can access the patient survey under the paragraph 'Making it work in practice'.
The Arrival of My Second Child
"So far, I’m doing well, but know that my thyroid condition may fluctuate a bit during this postpartum period. As directed by my doctor, I have now returned to my pre-pregnancy thyroid medication dose and will be having a blood test in 4-6 weeks’ time to assess where I am at."
5 Do’s and Dont’s for Exercising With Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and can help us to feel better and manage symptoms with a thyroid condition, but it’s important to get the balance right.
So how do you find what is actually going to improve your health instead of causing more fatigue and flare ups?
World Thyroid Day – 25th May 2022
Every year, the 25th May is World Thyroid Day; an international event for raising awareness of what the thyroid gland does, what different types of thyroid conditions there are (and symptoms of them), the importance of diagnosis and treatment, but also, the many struggles that we may face as thyroid patients.
International Thyroid Awareness Week 2022
International Thyroid Awareness Week was from May 25th to May 31st.
This recent post from The Invisible Hypothyroidism's Instagram page was very popular:
The caption read:
"Are you one of the thyroid patients who needs a lower dose in the warmer months?"
✨ Other Popular Instagram Posts These Past Two Weeks ✨
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NDT Before and After Photos
Before and after photos of switching thyroid medication from something that wasn’t working to something that does, are powerful and say volumes.
The most common ‘before and after photos’ we see in the thyroid community tend to involve a ‘before’ on Levothyroxine and an ‘after’ on a different medication type such as Natural Desiccated Thyroid.
In my Facebook support group, members have told me they find them really helpful and inspiring to look at. So, I committed to taking photos of myself throughout my thyroid journey of switching to NDT, to show the difference it has had on me, too.
Tiger Balm for Aches and Pains
If you experience aches, pains, migraines and headaches for example, Tiger Balm can bring some relief while you figure out the underlying / root cause. You massage a small amount where needed (I apply to my forehead during a migraine attack) and relief from pain is instant. It provides a cooling, tingling sensation.
It's definitely an item I like to have to hand in my medicine cabinet.
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That's all for this issue of The Free Thyroid Family Newsletter, but as always, you can find more information and support...
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If there’s anything you'd like to see in a future issue, let me know. Keep an eye out for the next issue in two weeks' time!
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The Invisible Hypothyroidism
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