Pregnancy and thyroid health are connected in a huge way. Some women have thyroid problems before getting pregnant, some have thyroid issues during pregnancy and many have thyroid dysfunction after giving birth.
Doctors complained that women continued to prioritize their family’s health over their own. They said it was difficult to persuade some women to return to the hospital for postnatal check-ups. Doctors warned that mothers would neglect their health to a critical degree.
Those who chose to have back-to-back pregnancies were at even greater risk. Dr Bachar Abduh, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology at Al Noor Hospital, said women needed a three-year gap between pregnancies for her body to fully recover. Pregnancies with a smaller gap than the three years meant a bigger strain on a mother’s body. Interviews with those mothers who chose to have children a year or less apart revealed that their health deteriorated tremendously with every pregnancy. The shorter the gap the bigger the problems.
Here is one woman’s story of how neglecting her health after a 2nd pregnancy lead to big problems:
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women who fall into a clinically “normal” weight range should plan to gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy (the amount is higher and lower for women who are underweight and overweight, respectively). If you gain more than that, how are you supposed to know whether it’s due to a thyroid issue?
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