Weaning is such a big decision. For a month or so I felt like we were almost done nursing, but there would be days when I could tell they weren’t ready yet. I can’t really tell you how we stopped, it just kinda happened.
I am totally ready for it. I need to claim my body back for myself. Breast feeding was really starting to take a toll on my body. For a while, I was able to lose weight slowly while nursing as long as my calories were balanced. But when I cut down to once or twice a day, everything came to a screeching halt. I was really starting to get frustrated when my attempts at controlling portions, tracking calories, and making wise food and exercise choices were not effective.
Last week I got some blood work back, my cholesterol was a few points higher than it should be and my TSH was 3.0 which is within the normal range but considered to be subclinical hypothyroidism. I knew to ask about having my TSH level tested because I have quite an extensive family history of thyroid related issues.
When I first saw what my thyroid number was, I was a little confused because I feel like I have been experiencing a lot of the symptoms of hypothyroidism (depression, fatigue, joint pain, brittle/thin nails…). But I was even more surprised to learn that my cholesterol level was elevated, especially because I don’t eat a lot of cholesterol heavy foods.
So, I did what most hypochondriacs like myself do, I googled it. From my search I am wondering if my cholesterol is more of an indication that something is going on with my hormones than a reflection of my diet. Because my TSH level is still considered normal, I am going to have to fight hard for them to consider looking more into this. But I still think that something is up with my pituitary gland.
If you think you may be experiencing something similar, talk to your doctor about it and have test done. I think it’s a good thing to have your thyroid hormone levels checked every once in a while, especially if you have had a child recently. Growing and feeding babies takes a toll on our bodies and we can’t expect everything just to go back to normal again. However, having children is totally worth it!
Have you had problems with your thyroid?
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and my post should not be viewed as medical advice.