Kirsty Gallacher speaks out about her post partum thyroiditis
Mum-of-two Kirsty Gallacher has revealed her battle with thyroid problems after she gave birth to her first son, Oscar. Wowing audiences at the National Lottery show looking svelte just six weeks after giving birth, Kirsty admits that her appearance wasn’t due to new mum glow, but because she was suffering from postpartum thyroiditis.
“The weight I’d put on during my pregnancy had dropped off three weeks after Oscar was born, which I thought was normal as I’d been running around and was breastfeeding,” Kirsty told the Daily Mail.
However, after she stopped breastfeeding, she noticed her health deteriorate. “Totally out of the blue my hair started falling out in clumps. My whole body was aching, like I had flu. Worst of all, was the terrible pain in my joints.”
The 34-year-old went to see her GP who told her that her thyroid was producing double the normal level of thyroxine, which is the hormone that controls metabolism, and she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. However, because Kirsty has recently given birth, she was told it was postpartum thyroiditis.
“I was pretty shocked. I was told that if left untreated it could be life threatening. I was told to take it easy, not exercise and exert my body in any way,” she explained.
Despite doing what the doctor ordered, Kirsty seeked further advice and was later given a gamma camera scan, also known as a radionuclide scan, which is similar to an X-ray. Beforehand she was injected with a contrast dye, which contained radioactive substances to help doctors see the results more clearly.
When Kirsty finished her treatment, she admitted that she wasn’t allowed to hold her baby! “I was told I was too radioactive because of the injection and must not go near the baby or our new puppy for 24 hours.”
Post partum thyroiditis can occur in up to 20% of new mums. There’s an increased risk of it happening again if you become pregnant again. However, according to Dr Annabel Bentley from BUPA, like Kirsty, it can be treated straight after pregnancy. “Women who already suffer from the condition can be monitored after childbirth to detect any thyroid dysfunction.”
It certainly didn’t put Kirsty off having more children, as she went on to have another baby boy Jude. But she made sure she had blood tests throughout her pregnancy and every six months since giving birth. “It hasn’t put me off – I’d love a girl.”
Kirsty isn’ the only celeb mum to suffer from this condition – GMTV presenter Kate Garraway, 43, recently admitted suffering from it too after shedding her baby weight rapidly without trying.
Have you suffered from postpartum thyroiditis?