Category Archives: Pregnancy

A Story of Under-Treated Thyroid Disease and Miscarriage

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Thyroid disease affects about 27 million adults in the United States. One of the most common forms of thyroid disease is a condition known as hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, many are not only unfamiliar with the condition but also unaware that they are suffering from it! Dana Trentini, Hypothyroid Mom, was among the countless individuals with under-treated thyroid disease and it lead to a heartbreaking miscarriage. Read Dana’s story about how she used the tragic event to spur her on to learn what she needed to know about the disease and share her knowledge to millions of followers at HypothyroidMom.com. On a cold snowy day in New York City in January 2009, I lay on a medical exam table on what would be one of the worst days of my life. I had miscarried at 12 weeks and was being prepared for a D&C, a surgical procedure to remove my baby. A technician had […]

How Hypothyroidism Affects the Entire Body

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The thyroid is integral to health and affects nearly every cell in the body. Its influence can be seen in how the body relays information, triggers activity, regulates various substances, and oversees many other aspects of wellness. Therefore, a malfunctioning thyroid often results in a cascade of symptoms that can appear nearly anywhere in the body. The deep interconnectivity of the body means that the areas directly affected by poor thyroid function can reverberate and damage other, seemingly unrelated areas. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common forms of thyroid disease that, like other thyroid conditions, can cause systemic disruption. Understanding thyroid dysfunction and its significant impact on nearly all the body’s systems can lead to improved diagnosis, treatment, and wellness. What is Hypothyroidism? The thyroid is responsible for the production and regulation of hormones that influence systems throughout the body. It is estimated that thyroid disease affects over 20 […]

What to Eat (and Avoid) During Pregnancy for Optimal Health

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When it comes to overall wellness, few factors are as influential as diet. During pregnancy, diet becomes even more important because a healthy pregnancy requires that the body be supplied with an appropriate balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It is essential that pregnant women, or those who plan to become pregnant soon, adhere to a highly nutritious diet. Read on to learn about the importance of proper nutrition during pregnancy and the elements of pregnancy-focused diet. Why is Diet so Important During Pregnancy? When a woman becomes pregnant her nutritional needs change significantly. This is because besides providing quality nutrition for herself, she must acquire all the nutrients needed to support her growing baby. Eating nutrient-dense foods while avoiding potentially damaging substances helps limit the risk of common pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes and anemia. Gestational diabetes is a condition described as an excess of sugar delivered […]

11 Common Myths About Pregnancy—And The Truth

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We have all heard our fair share of medical myths and rumors such as “you can’t go swimming for an hour after eating” or “chewing gum takes seven years to digest.” For the most part, these tall tales are harmless. However, superstition and misinformation surrounding topics such as pregnancy can have serious real-world consequences. Read on to learn the truth behind 11 of the most common pregnancy myths. Pregnant Women Need to Eat a Lot More Many incorrectly believe that pregnant women need to significantly increase their caloric intake. This is, in fact, false. Most pregnant women do not need over 2,000 calories per day to attain adequate nutrition. It is far more important that rather than increasing their calorie count, pregnant women focus on eating high quality and nutrient-dense foods to get all the nutrients they need for themselves and the developing fetus. Pregnant Women Should Exercise Less Pregnancy […]

8 Ways To Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy

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In the family planning process, there are many factors to consider, with perhaps the most obvious being pregnancy and getting your body ready. In family planning, pregnancy is far more than the 40-week gestation period that precedes childbirth. Even though pregnancy and childbirth are entirely possible without actively preparing for them, taking the appropriate precautions, and making suitable preparations can benefit the health and wellness of both mother and child. Why Is Pre-Pregnancy Prep So Important? Proper pregnancy preparation can ease the most common issues of pregnancy and helps to ensure the health of both mother and child from conception to childbirth and beyond. Health experts often recommend planning for pregnancy at least one year prior to attempting to become pregnant. However, some begin their preparations as early as two years prior to when they plan to become pregnant. Such forethought gives aspiring mothers time to develop the ideal mental, […]