How many women have undiagnosed thyroid conditions and may be at risk of infertility, pregnancy complications, or postpartum challenges?
At minimum, 27 million — and as many as 60 million — Americans have thyroid disease. The vast majority of thyroid sufferers are women. And the majority of people with thyroid disease are currently undiagnosed. This means that millions of American women of childbearing age have thyroid conditions, but don’t yet know. These undiagnosed thyroid problems may be causing infertility, recurrent miscarriage, pregnancy complications, or a long list of postpartum health challenges.
Millions more women of childbearing age have diagnosed and treated thyroid conditions, but their treatment may not be adequate, and can interfere with fertility and a healthy pregnancy.
What sorts of issues can undiagnosed, untreated or improperly treated thyroid conditions cause in women?
Undiagnosed, untreated or improperly treated thyroid conditions can cause many issues, including:
- Premature delivery
- Low birth weight
- Postpartum depression
- Breastfeeding problems
- Difficulty losing weight after childbirth
- An increased risk of cognitive problems, ADHD, and autism in the children of untreated mothers.
Who is the audience for Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease?
There are two key audiences for the book:
- women with undiagnosed thyroid conditions that are causing infertility, recurrent miscarriage, pregnancy complications, or postpartum issues like depression, breastfeeding challenges, or difficulty losing the baby weight.
- women with diagnosed thyroid disease whose improper treatment can cause infertility, put their pregnancy at risk, makes pregnancy and the postpartum period especially difficult and puts the cognitive development and health of their developing babies at risk.
What are the three objectives of Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease?
- Help women avoid needless heartbreak due to undiagnosed or poorly treated thyroid issues
- Empower women with the tools and information they need to have a healthy pregnancy and baby
- Change the system! Despite the serious implications of missing or mistreating thyroid conditions, pregnant women are not universally screened, leading to miscarriages, or lifelong issues for the child. Fertility experts routinely ignore thyroid testing, while charging thousands of dollars for monthly treatments. And we have epidemics of “unexplained” ADHD and autism — while the demonstrated link between these issues and untreated thyroid problems in mothers are being ignored.
What fundamental problems are addressed in Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease?
Too many women are suffering from thyroid-related infertility, which–if undiagnosed, untreated, or improperly treated– may prevent them from ever becoming mothers.
Too many women are paying tens of thousands of dollars for failed fertility treatments and never receive the testing that would find treatable thyroid conditions, and potentially restore fertility without costly and invasive assisted reproduction.
Too many women are suffering from miscarriages, losing desperately-wanted babies, due to undiagnosed or improperly treated thyroid problems.
Too many families are suffering the tragedy of stillbirths, and the deaths of severely premature babies, due to undiagnosed or improperly treated thyroid problems.
Too many babies are being born with cognitive and developmental problems – and children face an increased risk of ADHD and autism — due to improper diagnosis and treatment of their mothers’ thyroid conditions during pregnancy.
Too many women who want to breastfeed their newborns are finding themselves unable to nurse, or provide enough milk, due to improper diagnosis and treatment of their thyroid conditions.
Too many women are experiencing fatigue, depression, and a host of physical, mental and emotional symptoms after childbirth, due to undiagnosed or improperly treated thyroid problems.
Despite the known connection between thyroid problems and miscarriage/pregnancy complications/risks to children, there is no universal screening for thyroid disease during pregnancy. Millions of women who are pregnant – or hope to be – have thyroid disease that is both undiagnosed and untreated.
Don’t obstetricians and endocrinologists know how to handle thyroid problems during pregnancy?
There are specific guidelines for diagnosis, treatment, and management of thyroid conditions during pregnancy. Unfortunately, one study showed that less than 12 percent of obstetricians have actually read them, much less follow them. Endocrinologists are somewhat more informed, but even then, some are unaware of the guidelines, or lax in applying them. The result: there’s an army of uninformed healthcare providers treating women with thyroid disease, and most of these practitioners have little understanding of the complexities or standards of care for pregnant thyroid patients and their babies.
What does Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease include?
Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease combines cutting-edge medical advice from leading health practitioners, stories from hundreds of women, and the authors’ own experiences into a reader-friendly guide that helps women: recognize thyroid symptoms; get properly diagnosed/treated; manage thyroid problems during pregnancy, overcome thyroid-related infertility; and deal with postpartum challenges.
The book includes step-by-step, easy-to-understand advice, information, and checklists for each stage of motherhood with a thyroid condition, from pre-conception to postpartum. In addition to medical information, the book’s integrative approach includes nutritional, lifestyle, and mind-body approaches that will allow women to live well with a thyroid condition and have a healthy baby.
For women who are not yet diagnosed, Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease provides comprehensive and detailed guidelines regarding the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of various thyroid conditions for women who are not yet diagnosed with a thyroid condition.
For women who are already diagnosed, the book includes detailed plans to help them optimize fertility, have a healthy pregnancy and baby, and manage postpartum health.
The book includes guidance from dozens of the nation’s top practitioners, including obstetricians, reproductive endocrinologists, integrative hormone experts, and holistic physicians. Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease is in essence, a What To Expect When You’re Expecting (With Thyroid Disease) for the millions of women with undiagnosed and diagnosed thyroid conditions who want to have healthy babies.
What does the book contain, specifically?
The following is the “Table of Contents” for Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease.
Introduction by Dana Trentini
How to Use This Book
PART 1 – Your Thyroid and Its Role
1 How Your Thyroid Works—and What Happens When It Doesn’t
2 Understanding Diagnostic Tests and Test Results
3 The Thyroid’s Role in Fertility and Pregnancy
PART 2 – Your Thyroid, from Preconception to Postpartum
4 Planning Ahead for Pregnancy
5 Hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s During Pregnancy
6 Hyperthyroidism/Graves’ Disease During Pregnancy
7 Thyroiditis, Goiter, Nodules, and Thyroid Cancer in Pregnancy
8 Postpartum Thyroid Problems
PART 3 – Your Healthy Pregnancy Plans from Preconception to Postpartum
9 YOUR HEALTHY PREGNANCY PLAN: Preconception
10 YOUR HEALTHY PREGNANCY PLAN: Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s
11 YOUR HEALTHY PREGNANCY PLAN: Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease
12 YOUR HEALTHY PREGNANCY PLAN: Thyroiditis, Goiter, Nodules, and Thyroid Cancer
13 YOUR HEALTHY PREGNANCY PLAN: Postpartum
14 YOUR HEALTHY PREGNANCY PLAN: Fertility Challenges
PART 4 – Into the Future
Saving Our Babies
Appendix A: Resources and Support Groups
Appendix B: Experts Featured in the Book
Appendix C: Top Infertility Centers
Appendix D: Sample Fertility Chart
What is the background of the authors?
Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease, published by Da Capo, is a joint effort by authors Dana Trentini and Mary Shomon, America’s top thyroid and hormonal health patient advocates.
The authors are also both mothers who have also had miscarriages due to thyroid imbalances and are now on a passionate “Mama-Bear” advocacy mission to right the significant wrongs in how the medical system treats prospective and new mothers, pregnant women, and their babies.
Dana Trentini is the creator of the popular HypothyroidMom.com blog, and a social media sensation, with more than 900,000 Facebook followers.
Mary Shomon is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 health books, including Thyroid Diet Revolution, and Living Well With Hypothyroidism. Shomon has been the Thyroid Expert at Verywell/About.com since 1997, blogs for the Huffington Post, serves on the faculty of New York’s Open Center, and is the co-star of the popular PBS “Healthy Hormones” television series.
What is the publication information for Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease?
Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease: A Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Wellness
By Dana Trentini and Mary Shomon
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
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