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I have had someone tell me this is common.<br>
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Anyone know?<br>
I do have an underactive thyroid...no, I am not taking my meds...I know, I know...and have never had labor start on it's own. I'm curious if THIS could be the reason.<br>
If this is really so I need to get the meds going so this can be successful.<br>
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Yes, I have read that it can. I suspect this is why I never went into labor with my first.<br><br>
However, I do not think that everyone with this problem needs to go on meds. There is probably something causing the imbalance and figuring that part out and correcting it can often resolve the issue without resorting to meds. For me, going to bed early (darn - I'm a night owl) and changing my diet worked very well.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, I have read that it can. I suspect this is why I never went into labor with my first.<br><br>
However, I do not think that everyone with this problem needs to go on meds. There is probably something causing the imbalance and figuring that part out and correcting it can often resolve the issue without resorting to meds. For me, going to bed early (darn - I'm a night owl) and changing my diet worked very well.</div>
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Thanks!<br>
Do you happen to know of a good site I can read up about this on? I have found alot about how it can effect pregnancy, etc...but nothing about labor or natural ways to help.
 

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you might be interested in Susun Weed's materials on it, as well as lunaception (as this can balance the thyroid), and consider adding in idoine (you can add in seaweed/kelp) and healthy fats to your diet. . . .<br><br>
there's lots of information out there. start with a search engine and start weeding through it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">you might be interested in Susun Weed's materials on it, as well as lunaception (as this can balance the thyroid), and consider adding in idoine (you can add in seaweed/kelp) and healthy fats to your diet. . . .<br><br>
there's lots of information out there. start with a search engine and start weeding through it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Thanks, that gives me a starting point. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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right, another big one: avoid soy. most western, processed soy is so high in phytoestrogens (mroe so than any other food source) that it can really throw off the thyroid to the extreme.<br><br>
i think i would search for "hypothyroid diet"
 

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I've been doing alot of reading & I am just not seeing anything to make me feel going on the meds is needed.<br>
Still reading...
 

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Juice half a grapefruit in the morning before you eat anything and then eat the other half. I can't remember where I discovered this but it is supposed to activate your thyroid. Try looking up grapefruit/thyroid. I'll try to find out the source.
 

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Cool...I'll look into that, I like grapefruit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thanks!
 

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In here, in the vaccinations thread, there is a sticky for nutrition. It is over 50 pages, but so worth the read! There is info there on thyroid and magnesium, seleium, among other stuff that our bodies lack. It took me a week to read through it all, but I am hooked now. She also puts medical journal links that back up her sources. It's very informative.
 

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I'll take a look at that, thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i don't think meds are necessary except in severe cases. most of us can manage it or heal it through diet, movement, herbal supplementation, etc.<br><br>
i had it for a couple of years, healed it with diet, yoga etc. now the thyroid is normal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I appreciate that POV...well, since I share it, LOL! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I do get tired and cold easily but nothing I can't live with. My only real concern right now is if it will or won't effect labor. (Meaning will it cause it to not start.) That could be a big problem but I'm really not *too* worried because, at 23 weeks now, I am already having alot of BH ctx. The first 3 pregnancies I never had 1 on my own, last preg. I had some doozies & am having some this time round too. I just don't see it as being a problem & unless I read something compelling I will just remain as I am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I definitely would try out natural methods, diet, etc. I would also really recommend keeping a close eye on how you are feeling. I say this wishing I didn't have to: my mom's sister died very suddenly from complications from hypothyroid after months of feeling slightly 'off'. She was an active, vibrant person who took better care of herself than most people (ate well, exercised daily, etc) and she was only 42. She had very vague symptoms for about 6 months before and repeately saw her doctor who told her she was just 'stressed'. The day before she died she was feeling like she had the flu and her boyfriend took her to the hospital. Her boyfriend and kids went home for the night and found the next morning that she had passed suddenly. Her body pretty much just completely shut down because of chronic hypothyroid. It was a tremendous shock to our family and I always feel it is important to share her story if I think it might help someone.<br><br>
My mom had some sort of autoimmune reaction 2 years ago that attacked her thyroid and now she is on meds because she produces absolutely no thyroid hormone. Mine is always low normal, so I chose to watch my symptoms and treat it naturally. I also still get it checked every 6 months or so. I definitely think that natural methods work, because they have worked really well for me. I also think that it is most definitely something to really watch.<br><br>
I hope I haven't freaked you out too bad. I would just hate to hear off another family suffering the way mine has for something so preventable. I don't know if low thyroid can prevent a mom from going into labor or not. I would think it would make some sense if that were the case. Please take care of yourself mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Oh my! I'm so sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br>
Thanks, I will definately keep reading.
 

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I have to agree with getting some help. I never had a problem until my last pregnancy. Half way through the pregnancy, mine quit all together. Doens't work at all. I had fast heartbeats that scared me and was too tired to even drive. Not ever having that before and having another life depend on mine working well during pregnancy, I wanted to make sure I was taken care of. I stay on my meds. There was only a very short break between nursing and pregnant again, so I didn't have a chance to try to fix mine. I am hoping to someday.
 

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ps. I have free medical and medicines so it would be irresponsable of me to have something happen to me or the baby inutero if I had availability to it. KWIM?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks!<br>
Do you happen to know of a good site I can read up about this on? I have found alot about how it can effect pregnancy, etc...but nothing about labor or natural ways to help.</div>
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The last time I checked I could find almost no information about this on the internet. Mostly just stuff about rats:<br><br><a href="http://www.reproduction-online.org/cgi/content/abstract/133/1/197?ck=nck" target="_blank">http://www.reproduction-online.org/c...3/1/197?ck=nck</a><br><br><a href="http://www.ljm.org.ly/AOP071019.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.ljm.org.ly/AOP071019.pdf</a><br><br>
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Glad it wasn't just me having a hard time finding info.! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I will check out those links, thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Please be careful with not medicating a truly underactive thyroid in pregnancy. It can become drastically more inactive during pregnancy, and if it's low enough it can cause miscarriage and mental retardation. You also need to watch a wonky thyroid postpartum.
 
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