Ever since learning how to properly support the condition through the right foods, lifestyle and mindset I have been feeling quite well.
I believe that my story can offer hope to so many struggling from Hashimoto’s Disease and feeling the toll it can take on your fertility or those with the genetic mutation called MTHFR, which I also have, which affects fertility as well, as your body cannot properly absorb folic acid.**
If you do a quick Google search of these two conditions, you’ll most likely get “infertility/miscarriage” related results.
No. 1 rule during pregnancy; get reliable information. Talk to professionals and source good information!
Here’s how the story goes; in May last year we found out I had a nodule on my thyroid, needless to say it was a quite stressful time – I started seeing a very knowledgeable and capable naturopath “The Gut Detective” who focuses on healing from within mainly using food as medicine. We did in the meantime look at healing the body as a whole, not just the thyroid.
Two months later we found out we were going to be parents!!
We have been focusing on taking care of this growing human life in the best of our ability. So far this has been a beautiful and smooth pregnancy – we have been monitoring the thyroid levels every 4 weeks – thankfully it’s been cooperating really well!!! By listening to it and giving it what it needs, what our body can do is truly amazing and miraculous.
**As a result of MTHFR diagnosis, one must take folate – NOT folic acid – and pretty high amounts of it, to combat the mutation as it pertains to fertility. I found out I had MTHFR a few months before getting pregnant, and my naturopath put me on folate in order to up my chances of a successful pregnancy.
For those wondering, I have not been and am currently not on any medication. Even though I was open to the thought of taking medication if necessary and it turned out it wasn’t necessary in my case.
Do not make this call by yourself though, make sure you speak to your care provider, especially if planning on a pregnancy.
Together with a healthy diet, these are some of the main supplements I have been taking to take care of my thyroid and the growing baby. (I won’t go into details with all the supplements because once again, it’s important you speak to your care provider).
A good Prenatal – The one I take is called Tresos Natal and the brand is Eagle (this one does NOT contain folic acid but rather, the active form “Folinic Acid” which is already metabolically active so is directly usable by the body, this is very important if you do also have one of the MTHFR gene mutations.
Ningxia Red – This liquid supplement is extremely high in antioxidants (in fact, according to the ORAC, the Ningxia Wolfberries used in the supplement measure as the highest antioxidant food on the planet) it will literally flood your body with various important minerals and vitamins. There are countless testimonies out there of women who have been taking this supplement during pregnancy and how HEALTHY their placenta turned out to be.