At minimum, 27 million — and as many as 60 million — Americans have thyroid disease. The majority are women. Despite this, women rarely know that thyroid problems increase their risk of infertility, as well as pregnancy and postpartum complications. The risks? Preeclampsia, miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, low birth weight, postpartum depression, and breastfeeding problems, among others. Untreated thyroid problems in pregnant women also increase the risk of cognitive and other problems, including ADHD and autism, in their children.
This awareness gap affects women and doctors, who know little about the ramifications an undiagnosed or undertreated thyroid condition has for a mother and her unborn baby.
The new book Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease, published by DaCapo, is a joint effort by authors Dana Trentini and Mary Shomon, America’s top thyroid and hormonal health patient advocates.
Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease is a reader-friendly guide that helps two groups of women:
(1) 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.
(2) 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.
The authors — both mothers who have also had miscarriages due to thyroid imbalances — are 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. Specifically, the book exposes, explains and offers patient-, doctor-, and policy-driven solutions to the following problems…