You might be at increased risk of postpartum thyroiditis if you have:

  • An autoimmune disorder, such as type 1 diabetes
  • A history of postpartum thyroiditis
  • High concentrations of anti-thyroid antibodies
  • A history of previous thyroid problems
  • A family history of thyroid problems

While further research is needed, some studies have also shown a link between postpartum thyroiditis and postpartum depression. As a result, if you have postpartum depression your doctor will likely check to see how your thyroid is functioning.

Aug. 20, 2013