A Hashimoto’s Update: Why I’m off my Medication, Changing my Diet and How to Handle a Postpartum Flare

Jill and youngest daughter in nursery



I’ve shared a bit here and there that my thyroid has gone a bit haywire. I was warned about postpartum with Hashimoto’s but I still didn’t expect it to be quite so challenging. The situation wasn’t helped at all by me accidentally taking the wrong dose of medication for five months. I hope you have your warm drink of choice in hand and, for my sake, a bread of some sort. Any sort. Let’s dive in to the full thyroid update, shall we?



I started to feel pretty depleted towards the end of my pregnancy which is obviously to be expected. The clash of the new postpartum and breastfeeding hormones coupled with my body fighting Covid made for an epic battle I felt every single bit of. I had bloodwork done just before I hit 3 months postpartum and it revealed my numbers are through the roof. I’ve swayed from hypothyroidism to hyperthyroidism which explains the new symptoms.



If I weren’t breastfeeding, I’d ideally do a liver detox right away. Detoxing isn’t safe while nursing since all the toxins would go right to the baby so I’m on a strict supplement and vitamin regimen instead. If anyone else is battling a flare right now, I’m here to encourage you to take care of yourself as best as possible. The hard work is worth it because your health is more than worth it. 



Current Symptoms: I’m in a flare so my symptoms are intense and lengthy. Before my third trimester, I didn’t have even half of these symptoms which is encouraging. I know I’ll get back to that place. For now, I have IBS-like symptoms, Muscle inflammation, arthritic symptoms in my back and joints, brain fog, intense bloating and cramping pains, mood swings, pretty rapid hair loss and exhaustion.



Medication: I mentioned this earlier and it’s a long story, but it ends in me taking double of one of my medications every single morning for five months. I can’t even imagine how I made a mistake so severe, but I’m left with a body that needs a break from medication for a while. My thyroid doctor took me off both Levo and my Unithroid until my bloodwork reveals my thyroid is ready to be treated with medication again.



Diet Changes: Zeameh has had a few interesting digestive and skin issues since she was born. Everything really ramped up around the 3 month mark and resulted in about 4 trips to the pediatrician in one week and countless other appointments to manage her digestion, eczema and rash. O and I have been through this before so we requested she have blood drawn for an allergy test. In the end, it turns out she is allergic to egg (an allergy she’ll likely grow out of like Oshiolema did.) This means I have had to drastically change my diet over the past three weeks since we got the results. As someone who eats a strict paleo diet, eggs are a staple in nearly all my foods. It’s been an adjustment for sure and I often end the day feeling like I didn’t eat enough as I’m in the transition phase. I’m doing the best I can to nourish my body and will continue to retrain my taste buds here in this place. When I breastfed Oshiolema, I couldn’t have eggs, nuts, soy, gluten, or dairy which is my same diet now- except back then I could have grains and legumes. The addition of oats, corn, rice, quinoa and beans made all the difference in the world and I’m looking forward to attempting to reintroduce eggs when she’s about 8 months old.



Strategy:
I am, as always, working closely with my Nutritionist and Endocrinologist to manage my healing. My body is working overtime because I’m exclusively breastfeeding so I could never do this without their help. My short term goals are to get as much rest as possible while still staying on top of my responsibilities, getting exercise back into weekly routine and calming down the flare.

I look forward to doing another update very soon where I hope I’m able to report miraculous, swift healing. In the meantime, I’m keeping my eye on the goal and doing my best to stay positive right where I am. If you’re battling Hashimoto’s, I’d love to answer any questions in the comments. We’ll fight through this, friends.

Jill and youngest daughter in nursery

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Comments (5)

  • Nikki 2 months ago Reply

    Hi Jill, not dealing with the exact exact same thing as you, but can you explain
    1. In general, how your endocrinologist has helped regarding autoimmune related things?
    2. Test you recommend a nutritionist give for someone wanting to understand dietary needs after a diagnosis

    Jill 2 months ago Reply

    Hi Nikki—
    I work directly with my endocrinologist to manage medication for my autoimmune disease of the thyroid. My nutritionist cannot give that information so that is a crucial step. Once you meet with a nutritionist (at least a holistic one) they will order the tests necessary based on your symptoms and needs! It’ll most likely start with a full bloodwork panel.

  • Cait Schlueter 2 months ago Reply

    Hello! I was wondering what the liver detox you mentioned would consist of? I have similar systems to you and am always ready to try something new 😉

    Thanks!! 🙂

    Jill 2 months ago Reply

    Hi, Cait!

    I’m not exactly sure yet because my nutritionist would give me the protocol. I’m taking some supplements for it currently but if I do end up doing the liver cleanse after I’m finished breastfeeding I’ll absolutely share what that looks like!

  • Amanda Filler 2 months ago Reply

    Hi Jill,

    My heart goes out to you and prayers as well. I am praying right now that the Holy Spirit bring you peace beyond our understanding. I am praying that you will once again mount on wings like eagles and not grow weary easily and your body will be restored.

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years and have loved seeing your life journeys and how you have leaned on the Lord. I have been thankful to remember his faithfulness toward you when you lost the baby prior to baby Z.

    I have been inspired by yours posts as well (we purchased my son Brayden’s Crate and Barrell chalkboard for Christmas last year) after I saw a post with a picture of it you had written. My husband and I even went on a trip to NYC last December & visited several of the places you had mentioned because he and too deal with autoimmune and I was thrilled to know there were AIP/Paelo options. 🙂

    All this to say, your touching and impacting more people than you know with your honesty and your heart. Here are big socially distanced hugs from me to you. Keep the faith, sister. The Lord will part another Red Sea for you, I just know it!

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