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Hello, all! It’s been a minute and for a legit reason – I’m pregnant! I am now 20 weeks along (4.5 months). It has been quite an experience this time around (#3).
I’ve had an irregular cycle for years. When I say irregular, I mean 45- to 70-day cycles. Getting pregnant this time around was extremely difficult. My last two were fairly quick. This time around, I officially have Hashimoto’s Disease and my thyroid levels have been absolutely crazy!
Last year was a big journey trying to figure out exactly what medication worked best for me. I went from starting Nature Throid in January 2020, which then was recalled in September. I was so bummed about it because I was doing quite well on it. I tried taking Thyrovanz, which is a desiccated thyroid supplement (not medication) and that raised my Reverse T3 way too high. Many people do well on Thyrovanz, but it’s not for everyone. Finally, in December, I was prescribed Armour. I feel like this time, it just might be the best fit. Of course, I started taking Armour about 3-4 weeks before getting a positive pregnancy test, so finding the right dose has been nerve-racking.
I’m so grateful for being able to become pregnant since my thyroid health has declined since my mid-20s. My first trimester from 7+ weeks was quite a challenge. I had severe morning sickness and aversions to basically everything. Thankfully, from week 14 to now, morning sickness has slowed down immensely and I can finally eat again. Yay!
I did have a thyroid-related scare in January. Because I had just started taking Armour at that time, my thyroid levels were still not great. I had to get an initial blood draw for my OB/GYN and my TSH was 9.6! I had always read that TSH being above 3 while pregnant was super dangerous. I was freaking out! My endocrinologist did raise my dose and thankfully, my levels were much better by the next test.
I am still trying to get my thyroid levels balanced. My last blood draw was March 29 and the results definitely explain the constant exhaustion, aside from being pregnant. Below.
My OB/GYN raised my Armour dose this time, as my endocrinologist was out of the country. Still an uphill battle, but baby and I are giving it all we’ve got!
Aside from thyroid medication, prenatal supplements are super important. Admittedly, I’ve never been tested for the MTHFR mutation, but I decided to take a prenatal vitamin that contained methylated folate, just in case. You can read more about MTHFR here. I also have a vitamin D deficiency, so I do take prescription vitamin day once a week, plus a prenatal DHA supplement. (Please note: I’m not an expert or giving advice. I’m just letting you know what worked for me. Always ask your midwife or OBGYN for any medical advice.)
Favorite Products for Pregnancy:
Ovia Pregnancy App
What to Expect App