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Postpartum thyroiditis is a relatively uncommon and temporary condition seen in some women after delivery, upto 12 months.
Thyroid gland present in front of our neck releases thyroid hormones that help our body in maintaining daily essential metabolic activities. Post pregnancy, due to reasons mentioned below, its functions get modified and it can lead to both hyperthyroidism as well as hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is seen in the first phase, leading to hypothyroidism later on.
Your risk of developing postpartum thyroiditis is more if:
It is usually a self limiting condition that gets resolved on its own with time but in 1 of 5 women, if left untreated, can lead to permanent hypothyroidism.
Women with postpartum thyroiditis have a high chance of developing postpartum depression.