After I gave birth to my first child back in 2007, no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t lose the last ten pounds of my baby weight. No amount of dieting, exercising, or running up and down the stairs could help me from trimming the last of my baby fat until I went back to my doctor’s for my six-week post-partum check up just to find out that my blood levels were low and something wasn’t right.
Two weeks later I visited an endocrinologist and found out that I had a post-partum case of thyroiditis, or hypothyroidism, which is a painless inflammation of the thyroid gland that develops within the first year after childbirth and often lasts from several weeks to several months and in some cases even years.
Four years later (and thankfully ten pounds lighter) my thyroid levels are moving along in the right direction and I’ve gotten used to taking a synthroid pill every morning the moment I wake up. But it wasn’t until I came across an article from Prevention Magazine of celebrity mom Brooke Burke-Charvet talking about her own thyroid problems that I thought hey, how is it that we talk so much about post-partum depression yet rarely do we talk about moms who suffer from thyroid diseases after their pregnancies? We have almost all the same symptoms including fatigue, weaknesses, weight gain, and sometimes even depression, yet rarely does this very serious issue receives the spotlight it deserves. Half of the people out there who have a thyroid disease might not even know it.
Check out our slideshow of other celebrity moms who have been outspoken about their thyroid problems and tell us, what have your experiences been? Have you or do you know anyone who has suffered from a postpartum thyroid disease?
Mary Louise Parker 1 of 6Mary Louise Parker never openly talked about her thyroid disease until someone went through her trash outside her New York apartment and discovered prescriptions and a $20 insurance co-payment for a supply of 30 tablets of a medication that's commonly used to treat low-thyroid function and prevent goiter. Yes, that is true and totally creepy.
Source via Celebitchy
Brooke Burke-Charvet 2 of 6In the latest issue of Prevention Magazine, Brooke Burke-Charvet reveals that she too has hypothyroidism, explaining, " "I have Hashimoto's, which means my thyroid doesn't function. I take a synthetic thyroid pill. I don't even like to take an aspirin, but I have to take this every day."
Source via USA Today
Nia Vardalos 3 of 6After going through a medical wake-up call, Nia Vardalos, who also suffers from a thyroid disease along with a high-blood sugar problem, lost 40 pounds after cleaning up her lifestyle by throwing away the processed food and eating a healthy, balanced diet. After having adopted a daughter in 2008, she now says that she's in the best place she's so far been in her life.
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Gena Lee Nolin 4 of 6Former "Baywatch" babe Gena Lee Nolin, who really hasn't been in the public spotlight in the past few years, discovered that she thyroid deficiency issue after the birth of her first child she was misdiagnosed with postpartum depression, suffered from greater symptoms during her second pregnancy, and then suffered Arrhythmia during her third. A thyroxine level check within a blood test found a low level, and she was immediately diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Nolin now campaigns for regular thyroid gland checks and blood tests. She now encourages others who suffer from the disease to get back their "Thyroid Sexy."
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Karolina Kurkova 5 of 6Czech supermodel and celebrity mom Karolina Kurkova revealed that her thyroid disease brought on early menopause for her at age 24 and was also the reason why she packed on an extra 30 pounds after she gave birth to her son in 2009. She told ABC News back in February, "I thought I was going crazy. I was having panic attacks every minute and I didn't know what was happening, because I've been a healthy person. I've exercised all my life. I've always eaten well and taken care of myself."
Source via ABC News
Sofia Vergara 6 of 6"Modern Family" funny woman Sofia Vergara discovered that she had thyroid cancer when she was just 28 years old. When she was first diagnosed in 2000, Vergara did not want to go public with the news, fearing the publicity it could generate. "Having cancer is not fun. You don't want to deal with anything else while you're going through it."
Source via Huffington Post
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