How paying special attention to your thyroid can actually help combat after pregnancy weight gain…

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About the thyroid gland

The thyroid gland is a gland situated under the neck that regulates the metabolism as well as other vital body functions such as:

  • Breathing
  • Heart Rate 
  • Body Weight
  • Muscle Strength 
  • Menstrual cycle 
  • Body Temperature

The thyroid gland lies in front of the throat below what is called the Adam’s apple, it has two sides called lobes.

Why You Need a Thyroid Gland

T3 and T4 travel in your bloodstream to reach almost every cell in the body. The hormones regulate the speed with which the cells/metabolism work. For example, T3 and T4 regulate your heart rate and how fast your intestines process food. So if T3 and T4 levels are low, your heart rate may be slower than normal, and you may have constipation/weight gain. If T3 and T4 levels are high, you may have a rapid heart rate and diarrhea/weight loss.

Listed below are other symptoms of too much T3 and T4 in your body (hyperthyroidism):

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Nervousness, hyperactivity
  • Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures
  • Hand trembling (shaking)
  • Hair loss
  • Missed or light menstrual periods

The following is other symptoms of too little T3 and T4 in your body (hypothyroidism):

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Depression
  • Sensitivity to cold temperature
  • Frequent, heavy periods
  • Joint and muscle pain
During pregnancy it is important to nurture the thyroid eat foods that will help maintain its optimal health. The most beneficial food for this is Kelp. Not to be over done it is a great idea to include one kelp supplement a week while pregnant from the second semester onward. 
After the baby has arrived it is a great idea to include it on a more frequent basis, for example on a daily basis.