POSTPARTUM
Thyroid and Well Woman

Many women discover that they have a thyroid disorder after giving birth. This is for both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
It is not surprising that there is a period of time that the thyroid becomes 'noticeable' after the body re-regulates after a period of increased physical stress (which of course, pregnancy is). It has, along with other organs within the female body, been working extremely hard over the period of your babys gestation, and there is a period of 'healing', or more correctly "re-regulation" that occurs in the mothers body as it readjusts to biological functions that are required to support only the mothers body (excluding breast feeding).
The hormones (endocrine system) is in a state of adjustment through this period, which has an effect on mums emotions.
In addition, the emotional aspect of the birth is not to be underestimated either! More importantly, and sometimes even unexpectedly (because sometimes the main thoughts through pregnancy have been only focused on the 'birth' itself) the process of becoming a mother after the birth can also be highly stressfull.  

It is important that we remember that there  is no judgement on our emotions, on how we feel, or how well or fast our body is recuperating from our pregnancy.
We are all individual - and our pregnancy has been a unique pregnancy: a combination of the needs of both our growing child and ourselves.
During the phase of gestation, our body has done its absolute best to provide everything required for two separate indviduals, living and growing within the one body!
Now your body is readjusting biologically, as we are needing to learn how to operate in our new, sleepless, tiring, and demanding new life as a new mother.
Throughout all of this, the thyroid - this tiny little (previously unknown) gland in the front of the neck, is adapting to our needs - and is completely responsible for getting energy to every single cell throughout the whole of our body! It is working under huge demand.
Yes - it is natural to be tired after your baby's birth. But it is also a common time for the thyroid to be 'out of balance'
Medication, nutrition and addressing emotional stress are all important aspects to help you at this time.
Signs of thyroid imbalance after childbirth
Goitre: you discover an unusual 'lump' growing in the front of your neck. You may notice an uncomfortable feeling when swallowing - as the goitre can put pressure on the trachea if large enough.
Tiredness: Extreme fatigue is a sign of hypothyroidism. This tiredness is often unexplainable (outside of sleepless nights and irregular sleep patterns through feeding). Being unable to keep yourself awake (particularly in the afternoon).
Heart Palpitations: Often noticeable when we are in a hyperthyroid state.Uncomfortable feelings in the chest - where the heart beat is noticeably irregular.Depression: Often associated with hypothyroidism, as the whole body slows down physiologically, and as the hormones are imballanced. Consider this symptom along with other potential thyroid symptoms.
Brain Fog: Forgetfullness that becomes extreme. To the point that you are unable to remember appointments, words, thoughts are hazy and you simply cannot function mentally.
Weight Gain: Sudden, unexplainable weight increase (hypothyroidism) or decrease (hyperthryoidism), particularly when there isn't any intention or activity that would cause the weight change, are clear indications that the thyroid may be imbalanced.
Unexplainable Feelings of Anxiety: can be felt along with other thyroid symptoms (such as heart palpitations, or sweating). Sometimes shrugged off by others as 'normal' when you become a new mum, you should consider this in conjunction with other symptoms - as it can be a physiological aspect of thyroid dysfunction.