Further to this, hypothyroidism is very common after childbirth and with the demands of parenting, is when many women really notice it. The classic description of postpartum thyroiditis includes a phase known as thyrotoxicosis followed by hypothyroidism.
Chronic stress can affect everything! Yes, literally everything in your body. From your hormones and creating imbalances, to inflammation and impaired gut function to name a few. It also lowers hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) which not only puts you at greater risk of parasites and bacteria becoming resident in your gut, it also negatively impacts how you assimilate your vitamins and minerals from your food.