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Any other hypothyroid new mums feel the 6 month slump?

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SemperEadem Tue 11-Oct-11 12:44:49

I have an underactive thyorid and have done since 2004. I have a 4 year old ds and a 7 month dd.

About 6 months after my son was born I hit what I can only describe as a terrible slump. Tired, low mood, irritability, getting through each day difficult. I thought I may have pnd but being a first time mum didn't want to admit to it and struggled on for a year. It was a terrible time and caused many problems in my relationship with DH as I just wasn't myself at all. Finally got through it when DS was about 18 months and things started to look up again. Coincidentally, I had been seeing a new gp who annoyingly didn't really understand hypothyroidism and for the past year had not changed my thyroid medication despite my tsh levels being extremely high. My t4 remained largely unaffected andf I think this confused him so he kept the dose static. I saw a different gp who immediately upped my dosage and I started to feel better again. I don't know if this was responsible for the change or whether the hormones just started to calm down again and I felt in control once more.

Fast forward to now, my dd is 7 months and those familiar feelings are creeping up on me. I am under the care of an endocrinologist who has upped my dose as the tsh is getting high again but I don't know if its a thyroid issue or a depression issue as the tsh wasn't that high? Anybody else experience this? Or is it simply that at 7 months post partum, there is a change in our hormones? Have started taking omega 3 and evening primorise oil too. Any advice?

SemperEadem Tue 11-Oct-11 14:26:50


romaniabound Tue 11-Oct-11 18:12:57

Kind of know what you are on about as I have had two pregnancies since becoming hypothyroid. Both times during pregnancy my dose went up quite a bit and at around the six month post partum mark, I think my body was needing less thyroxine due to baby going on to solids / less bfeeding / hormonal readjustment going on etc etc and so I felt quite knackered and definitely much less 'well' than I had felt during pregnancy. For me though I can feel tired and lethargic and crap when I am on too high a dose as well as on too low a dose so I sometimes find it hard to make sense of my symptoms if you see what I mean.

Also I find my TSH doesn't have to go up that much for me to really feel it. You have my sympathy. I am now one year post partum and feel quite remarkably normal again!

frutilla Tue 11-Oct-11 18:20:41

I went hypo during pregnancy, but only a little bit. The doc told me to come off meds as soon as I delivered. By the time DS was 3 months I was soooooo tired and unwell and feeling odd and my bloods showed low freeT4 but I couldn't get the doc to prescribe meds as my TSH had risen but was within limits. I was begging but they wouldn't let me have a prescription. DS is now 7 months and I'm fine. I was very anaemic and had vitamin D deficiency and the doc focussed on these things. Could there be other issues for you as well as the hypothyroidism? Have you had your bloods thoroughly tested?

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