At 33 I was planning a wedding to the man of my dreams and eagerly looking forward to starting a family. A trip to my OB/GYN a few months before the wedding and that whole getting pregnant thing got way more complicated than I was expecting.
I made that trip to the doctor to have my hormone levels checked and just confirm everything was working optimally. I didn’t really believe anything would be wrong, but I also knew that I was inching ever closer to 35, that age when our biological clock really starts ticking loudly and after which pregnancy may be considered “high risk”. I also knew that, despite being off birth control for over a year, having been ON it for close to 14 years straight could impact my ability to conceive.
The lab results came in, and everything was great! Except one thing… my Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) was elevated. The doctor ordered a few more tests, and soon I was hit with the news that not only did I have Hypothyroidism, which can make conceiving and carrying a baby difficult if not impossible, I had an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
I was actually pretty lucky. My TSH was technically in the “normal” range, but had a doctor who understood that even normal can be too high. I was lucky that I got that diagnosis so early. Many women wait years before they find out they have an autoimmune disease (if they ever find out) and by then so much damage has already been done and usually even more autoimmune diseases have joined in.
For me, it wasn’t enough to simply treat the symptoms, I wanted to find out why my body was attacking itself and explore natural, holistic ways of bringing my body back into alignment. I did a lot of research and self-experimentation, and worked with fantastic practitioners along the way.
More than two LONG years later, I was pregnant! I had a spectacular pregnancy and gave birth to a very healthy baby boy at almost 41 weeks. My thyroid numbers stayed perfect the entire pregnancy, and I didn’t develop any additional autoimmune diseases, either (often a side effect of pregnancy).
Today, I’m healthier than I’ve ever been and motherhood is so much better than I could have ever imagined! And after struggling through it all on my own, I am driven to share everything I’ve learned with other women, and to spread the gift of wellness one woman at a time.
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