Postpartum Autoimmunity: aetiology, diagnosis and management of postpartum thyroiditis

The initial postpartum period is a critical time for the development or exacerbation of autoimmune diseases, particularly of postpartum thyroiditis. There is a worldwide prevalence of 22% of postpartum women developing this type of autoimmunity, with approximately half of these cases developing into permanent thyroid disease. Postpartum thyroiditis is also linked to other comorbidities or sequalae such as postpartum mood disorders, further autoimmunity & issues coping with new motherhood. Naturopathic doctors are uniquely poised to help with postpartum issues and prevent the development of further autoimmune damage.