Can Postdelivery Fatigue be a Sign of Thyroid Dysfunction?

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Can Postdelivery Fatigue be a Sign of Thyroid Dysfunction?

Can Postdelivery Fatigue be a Sign of Thyroid Dysfunction?

Though uncommon, but quite possible that Postdelivery Fatigue can be a sign of thyroid dysfunction known as Postpartum thyroiditis or postdelivery thyroiditis.

Even though you had no thyroid history, but post-delivery your thyroid gland started functioning abnormally. This happens during one year immediately after delivery. This may last from few weeks to few months. The symptoms are not easily recognizable as they are mixed up with stress of dealing with newborn after childbirth and post-delivery mood disorders. It usually takes a year or more to normalize thyroid disease while in rarest cases, it may remain permanent.

Thyroid inflammation can also be seen in those women who suffered miscarriage or had induced abortion. Other names of such thyroid dysfunction after delivery is autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto’s thyroid disease.

Thyroid Dysfunction may also be associated with family history of thyroid.

Risk factors in women

  • 7% of pregnant women are reported with thyroid dysfunction.
  • 25% with Type I diabetes
  • 25% with raised anti-thyroid antibodies
  • 50% with higher anti-TPO (anti-peroxidase) antibodies


  • Decreased milk production
  • Hair loss
  • Postdelivery Fatigue
  • Goiter (inflated and painless thyroid gland)
  • Postpartum stress or depression
  • Mood swings


Selenium supplementation can help by reducing inflammation for those with TPO (thyroid peroxidase).

Usually within 1 to 4 months or within 2 to 6 months after childbirth, the treatment for mild thyroidism begins.

Hyperthyroidism symptoms are irritability, diarrhea, muscle weakness, heart palpitations, fast heartbeat, weight loss, insomnia, anxiety, and tremor.

Hypothyroidism symptoms are weight gain sluggishness, decreased energy levels, body aches, constipation, dry skin, eye bag formation, same with hands and face, and low body temperature.


Diagnostic blood tests are done regularly. Hyperthyroid means high-normal or increased T3 and T4 and low TSH. Hypothyroid means increased TSH is elevated, low T4 or low-normal.

Ultrasound tests are also done at times to check for enlarged thyroid gland.

Postdelivery Fatigue is very common because of the changeability in women’s immune system attacking the thyroid gland after child birth.

Viral thyroiditis or sub-acute thyroiditis happens due to the viral infection caused to thyroid gland. Symptoms like influenza, persistent cold and cough, heat and cold intolerance, and regular fever are responsible. Anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin cures viral thyroiditis.

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