At minimum, 27 million Americans have thyroid disease. Despite being the majority of thyroid sufferers, women rarely know that thyroid problems increase their risk of pregnancy complications, including infertility, preeclampsia, miscarriage, premature delivery, and low birth weight. This awareness gap affects patients and doctors, who know little about the ramifications of an undiagnosed or under-treated thyroid condition on a mother and her unborn baby.
Founder of HypothyroidMom.com Dana Trentini and thyroid health advocate and bestselling author Mary Shomon have both endured challenges with pregnancies due to thyroid disorders. In Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease, they team up to give readers the answers they need. With personal stories and cutting-edge medical advice from leading health practitioners, the book explains how to recognize thyroid symptoms, get properly diagnosed/treated, manage thyroid problems during pregnancy, overcome thyroid-related infertility, and deal with postpartum challenges.
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About the Author
Dana Trentini is the founder of hypothyroidmom.com. She was diagnosed with hypothyroidism one year after the birth of her first son Benjamin in 2006. After four years of intense research and a quest to find the top thyroid health professionals, Dana launched her blog Hypothyroid Mom, a blend of personal story and scientific research. She has been featured on numerous radio shows, television and video programs, and online webinars and seminars, including the Huffington Post and EverydayHealth.com. In addition to running Hypothyroidism Mom, Dana works as an executive coach and talent development consultant in New York City.
Mary Shomon is the New York Times bestselling author of Living Well with Hypothyroidism, The Thyroid Diet, and Thyroid Diet Revolution. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism in 1995 and is now known around the world as America's leading thyroid patient advocate. Mary is regularly featured as part of online webinars, seminars, and training programs. She is on the faculty of the New York Open Center, New York City's premiere holistic health training center, where she teaches a number of workshops a year on thyroid health, diet, immune health, stress management, and hormonal health. Shomon has done more than 50 television appearances and interviews regarding thyroid awareness issues, including ABC World News Tonight, among others. She has appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspaper articles, including Time, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, First for Women, Elle, and The Wall Street Journal.
Table of Contents
Introduction Dana Trentini xiii
How to Use This Book xxiii
Part 1 Your Thyroid and Its Role
1 How Your Thyroid Works-and What Happens When It Doesn't 3
2 Understanding Diagnostic Tests and Test Results 15
3 The Thyroid's Role in Fertility and Pregnancy 29
Part 2 Your Thyroid, from Preconception to Postpartum
4 Planning Ahead for Pregnancy 43
5 Hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's During Pregnancy 79
6 Hyperthyroidism/Graves' Disease during Pregnancy 101
7 Thyroiditis, Goiter, Nodules, and Thyroid Cancer in Pregnancy 123
8 Postpartum Thyroid Problems 139
Part 3 Your Healthy Pregnancy Plans from Preconception to Postpartum
9 Your Healthy Pregnancy Plan: Preconception 163
10 Your Healthy Pregnancy Plan: Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's 179
11 Your Healthy Pregnancy Plan: Hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease 195
12 Your Healthy Pregnancy Plan: Thyroiditis, Goiter, Nodules, and Thyroid Cancer 213
13 Your Healthy Pregnancy Plan: Postpartum 223
14 Your Healthy Pregnancy Plan: Fertility Challenges 235
Part 4 Into the Future
15 Saving Our Babies 255
Appendix A Resources and Support Groups 267
Appendix B Experts Featured in the Book 283
Appendix C Top Infertility Centers 295
Appendix D Sample Fertility Chart 299