October Is Miscarriage Awareness Month
by Dana Trentini
October is National Miscarriage Awareness month in the U.S., and October 15 in particular is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
My blog Hypothyroid Mom launched October 1st, 2012, intentionally timed during Miscarriage Awareness Month in memory of the baby I lost to hypothyroidism and in dedication to my two boys who beat the odds and made it to the world.
Who knew that little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base of my neck would affect my life so completely? I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, following the birth of my first son in 2006. I trusted my doctors unquestioningly never doubting they may not know everything there was to know about hypothyroidism, especially when I became pregnant again in late 2008. Under their care, my thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), the gold standard for measuring thyroid function, reached levels far above the recommended range endangering the life of my fetus and I miscarried.
About Hypothyroid Mom
The mission of Hypothyroid Mom is clear – to drive awareness. The Thyroid Federation International estimates there are up to 300 million people suffering from thyroid disease worldwide, yet over half are unaware of their condition. Women are 8 times more likely than men to develop this condition, and they are particularly vulnerable during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause when the body’s hormones are undergoing change. Scientific research reveals the dangers of hypothyroidism and pregnancy including miscarriage, still birth, infertility, maternal anemia, pre-eclampsia, placental abruption, postpartum hemorrhage, premature delivery, low birth weight, and deficits in intellectual development in infants. The literature also links a low thyroid to heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, breast cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Despite the research connecting hypothyroidism to many of the deadliest diseases of our time, the lack of awareness is pervasive.
Join me at Hypothyroid Mom every Monday in October for my 5-part series entitled Miscarriage Awareness Month: The Dangers of Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy.
Post 1 – Have You Suffered a Miscarriage? Your Thyroid Could Be to Blame
Please share the link to Hypothyroid Mom with friends and family. You or someone you know may have hypothyroidism, and not even know it.
Post 2 – What Every Pregnant Woman Needs To Know About Hypothyroidism
Dana Trentini was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, after the birth of her first son in 2006. Who knew that little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base of her neck would affect her life so completely? Her blog Hypothyroid Mom reveals mind-blowing secrets that will redefine health for the millions of mothers worldwide suffering from hypothyroidism (and the millions more who don’t even know they have it yet).
Tags: health, hypthyroidism, pregnancy