Fox Sports presenter Lara Pitt drinks GOOD BONES to help heal her thyroid condition
In a recent article posted on body+soul, Lara Pitt talks openly about her thyroid condition triggered by pregnancy. Interestingly, she was made aware of her condition via a fan tweeting “Does Lara Pitt have an Adams Apple?”.
After doing some investigating, blood tests and an ultrasound revealed that she was suffering from post-partum Thyroiditis - a condition which occurs in 7-8% of women approximately one to four months after delivery.
When Lara fell pregnant for the second time last November, the condition returned except this time she was prepared and armed herself with some effective support to help her manage and overcome her condition; which included seeking nutrition advice from Nutritionist Stephanie Malouf, who recommended GOOD BONES Bone Broth as part of her program. Read the full article below.
“How an unkind tweet alerted me to my serious health problem”
Doctors told Fox Sports presenter Lara Pitt her relentless fatigue was down to being a new mum - but it was something more.
Sometimes Twitter can be a cold, harsh place. Other times it can unlock the mystery around a nagging health problem.
Yep, I owe one helpful tweeter for pointing out – I didn’t have post-natal anxiety or depression, but in fact another post-partum health issue, commonly misdiagnosed.
In January 2015 we had our first beautiful baby boy. I was on top of the world. Loving the first-time Mum experience. But like all parents we were busy and tired.
I was moving in over-drive and my heart-rate always felt fast. Often the sleep I did get was restless and I’d wake in pools of sweat. Some days I couldn’t walk up the stairs in the morning without losing my breath. Others I just felt like a zombie.
At the six-week milestone, my regular GP was away so I saw another doctor for Lachlan’s vaccinations. He asked how I was doing and when my response was ‘pretty buggered’ he gave me the explanation I had expected. “You’re now a Mum. Juggling a newborn and back at work part-time, of course you’d be tired”. All completely true, nothing worth investigating here.
Eight months post-bub arrival I still felt rotten. Approaching the end of the Rugby League season, it was after another episode of Monday Night with Matty Johns where a comment on Twitter caught my eye. It’s not uncommon to get tweets on what you are wearing, how your hair looks etc - it’s the TV world we live in!
This though, was slightly odd. “Does Lara Pitt have an Adams Apple?” Ugh… nice one, mate. Good night.
Long story short - days later I did notice an Adams Apple. Well, sort of. A visible lump was sticking out of my neck, in a sort of heart-like-shape.
Some blood tests and an ultrasound revealed I was suffering post-partum Thyroiditis - a condition which occurs in 7-8% of women approximately one to four months after delivery.
When I saw a specialist she drew a diagram explaining what was going on. She may as well have been speaking Mandarin.
The way I understood things were as follows – the thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone which controls how the body uses and stores energy. When you make too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) of this hormone, Thyroiditis occurs.
Each scenario has different symptoms and options for treatment. In my case I was basically swinging between the two. For a few months I’d be depressed, lethargic, and not produce enough breast milk.
Then I’d go the other way - feel anxious, have an increased heart-rate, go through rapid weight loss and poor sleep.
Misdiagnosing new mums
What surprised me most about all of this was how easily Mums out there, like me, must be getting misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. My specialist often sees patients who’ve been told they have post-partum depression or anxiety.
Last November we were blessed with bouncing boy number two and the condition returned.
By the time Cooper was four weeks old my blood tests again showed I was severely Hyper-thyroid. This time I was armed to manage the condition head on. I had:
1. Found an endocrinologist
Finding a specialist to support you through pregnancy and then manage the condition after baby is born. This has been via medication and routine blood tests fortnightly.
2. Set a nutrition plan
My good friend Stephanie Malouf from SM Nutrition got me off a diet of coffee and toasted sandwiches and switched me to a regime which supported my immune system, and promoted gut healing. Packed with protein, cutting out gluten and dairy for the time being, and also did a “Good Bones” Bone Broth program.
3. Resumed an exercise regime
A trainer twice a week has greatly assisted with fatigue, getting strength back and as a result has given me a huge boost when it comes to mental wellbeing.
4. Started osteopathy treatments
Eastern Suburbs Osteopathy in Bondi Junction has been my go to for aches and pains for the last four years. Treatments with Asha Salia have also focused on mechanical adjustments to help with the Thyroid condition.
5. Relied on family support
Most importantly! Shout out to the husband! For copping the mood swings, night sweats, and random tears – what a star!
The good news is most women recover from post-partum Thyroiditis within one year of giving birth. If you have a feeling something isn’t quite right, a simple blood test can set things straight. For me, it was a simple tweet!
Lara Pitt is a FOX LEAGUE presenter, featuring on the all-female panel show League Life, Monday Night with Matty Johns and Sunday Ticket.