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Surviving Thyroid Flare Ups When You’re a Parent

A ‘Thyroid Flare’, ‘Flare Up’, or ‘Hashimoto’s Flare’ is defined as a short period of time in which thyroid symptoms are more intense and ‘flared up’. Flares are usually triggered by stress, illness, overexertion etc.

Flares can be experienced both when thyroid levels are optimal and stable, Hashimoto’s in remission, and when not.

Navigating flares as a parent can be tricky because, among other things, you may not find it easy to get all the rest you need in order to recover quickly.

Being a Mum with Hashimoto's

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Things to Pack for a Holiday With Thyroid Disease

As someone who has travelled quite a few times since having a thyroid condition, I am often asked what I do to prepare for the trip and make sure that I am able to enjoy it without my hypothyroidism getting in the way. 

I already have a blog post called 10 Travelling Tips When You Have Hypothyroidism, but in this one, I’m going to specifically list what I couldn’t get by without packing, due to having hypothyroidism.

Rachel in Bruges

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The Most Common Low Vitamin and Mineral Levels with Hypothyroidism

Originally published on 10th July 2018
Last updated on 14th April 2022

There are certain low vitamin and mineral levels that are common in existing alongside hypothyroidism, especially autoimmune hypothyroidism.

It can be tied in to gut health and how well you absorb certain vitamins and nutrients, as problems with intestinal permeability can lead to numerous deficiencies.

Below are the most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies that I suggest you check out if you’re still feeling unwell.

You can also find a list of recommended supplements here, but please do not supplement unless you’ve confirmed low or deficient levels. Taking any supplements you do not need can be dangerous, so consult your doctor or pharmacist first. 

Iron Supplement Tablets

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What is The Best Diet for Hypothyroidism?

One of the most common questions I am asked is:

What is The Best Diet for Hypothyroidism?

Greece Food

Many people with hypothyroidism and often also Hashimoto’s are keen to know whether a change in their diet could yield reduced symptoms of fatigue, joint pain and indigestion, among many others.

It’s worth noting that I personally choose to avoid focusing on chasing weight loss as a thyroid advocate, so when I use the word ‘diet’, I am referring to the food that makes up what we eat day to day, and not a weight loss diet.

A result, I do not discuss or promote diets such as the ketogenic diet which is a low-carb, moderate protein, higher-fat diet designed to help you burn fat. I discuss dietary changes in regards to improving your health with hypothyroidism (that is, reducing thyroid symptoms and improving your quality of life).

Now, first and foremost, I have to make it clear that there is no magical diet that’s going to cure your hypothyroidism, no matter what you read online. 

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Chronically Healing Podcast Episode

I have another podcast feature to share…

Talking on the Chronically Healing Podcast, it covers:
  • Dogma in chronic illness and specifically, Hashimotos
  • How to be your best advocate and listening to our body’s whispers (before it starts to scream)
  • How to care for ourselves as an HSP with thyroid issues
  • Blood work isn’t the only thing we have to pay attention to with Hashimoto’s
  • Movement and food – why “calories in, calories out” isn’t successful for those with thyroid issues and not all movement is created equal

Rachel Hill on Chronically Healing Podcast

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An Open Letter to Mothers with Hypothyroidism on Mother’s Day

Originally published on 31st March 2018

Last updated on 27th March 2022

To the mother with hypothyroidism this Mother’s Day,

I know at times you feel tired, achy, frustrated and strained. You push yourself each and every day to keep on going, keep on raising your family with love and kindness despite your own body fighting against you.

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Thyroid Medication Options

Originally published on 24th March 2016 

Last updated on 22nd March 2022

Did you know that there are multiple medication options for hypothyroidism? 

Are you on the right one for you?

Could a change in medication change your life?

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The First Trimester: My Pregnancy on Armour and Levothyroxine

This set of blogs cover my second pregnancy. To read the blogs about my first pregnancy, please click here. The biggest difference is that I was on NDT (Armour) alone for my first pregnancy. I am on a combination of Armour and Levothyroxine for my second pregnancy.

Going through a pregnancy with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism and being on unconventional medication for this (a combination of Armour NDT and Levothyroxine) definitely presented some extra questions and challenges.

However, with this being my second pregnancy, I was more confident in that I could indeed have a healthy pregnancy and baby at the end of it all. I knew what bumps we may come up against, based on my first pregnancy experience, and was overall less anxious about navigating pregnancy with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s and on privately prescribed Armour and Levothyroxine.

Just like last time, I wanted to blog about my experiences of going through a ‘thyroid pregnancy’ to give an insight in to how my thyroid medication worked for me during this time, but also as to how medical professionals managed me and what the overall experience was like.

Read about my first pregnancy here.

 Related Article: Were My Thyroid Pregnancies What I Expected?

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What Happens If You Stop Taking Your Thyroid Medication

Originally published on 7th February 2017 

Last updated on 22nd March 2022

It’s a question that’s been asked many times:

What happens if you stop taking your thyroid medication?

For one reason or another, you might be wondering if you can get by without it. Perhaps you don’t feel any better on it, perhaps you feel worse or that it gives you some side effects. It could be expensive for you to maintain or you might not be keen on taking any pills for whatever reason.

You may even be wondering how long can I go without thyroid medication?

I’m often asked:

Butterfly on Neck

Book Review: An Unexpected Outcome: The Heel Prick Test by Penny Walter

This is the first children’s book I have reviewed and it’s a rather special one.

An Unexpected Outcome - Children's Thyroid Book

Written for children born with congenital hypothyroidism, it explains what it means to have this diagnosis.

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