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The Arrival of My Second Child

The Arrival of My Second Child
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I am very happy to share that I delivered my second child the other day, managing to have the water birth I’d hoped for after a long and complicated pregnancy, with a high risk label attached until two weeks before I went in to labour.

Having a Baby With Hypothyroidism

So many emotions accompanied my labour this time, including relief that I was finally close to meeting him after many scares along the way, thanks to both non-thyroid related complications as well as my thyroid condition (and levels) being hard to stabilise for a good portion of my pregnancy.

But we made it. And we’re doing well.

I’ll continue to share my experiences as a parent with autoimmune hypothyroidism, as well as how my health is postpartum, just like I have been doing thus far. My social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram are the best place to follow for updates.

I am also continuing to populate the ‘Pregnancy and Parenting’ category on my website with more articles.

So far, I’m doing well, but know that my thyroid condition may fluctuate a bit during this postpartum period. As directed by my doctor, I have now returned to my pre-pregnancy thyroid medication dose and will be having a blood test in 4-6 weeks’ time to assess where I am at.

Despite the complications and high risk status I was given for most of my pregnancy, baby was a very healthy birth weight, the labour was straight forward without any complications and his heel prick test which screened him for many conditions including congenital hypothyroidism came back all clear.

– Rachel

Related Article: 9 Ways I Supported My Thyroid Health Postpartum

About Author

Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a founding board member for the American College of Thyroidology. She is well-recognised as a crucial and influential contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her books include "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate" and "You, Me and Hypothyroidism".

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