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Doing It Different

Dec 15, 2020

Most women don’t get screened for thyroid health during pregnancy even though hypothyroidism is a common risk factor for miscarriages and other complications.

Dr. Christine Maren is one of my go-to resources for thyroid inflammation. She is a board-certified physician who practices osteopathic medicine and found the world of functional medicine after going through her own health struggles with recurrent pregnancy loss.

Today she joins us on the episode to share a clear message: it’s possible to have a happy and healthy pregnancy even if you struggle with thyroid issues, there are just a few extra steps you need to take.

Tune in for this episode to learn the facts about thyroid health during pregnancy, preconception and postpartum and how you can navigate each of these phases.

If you struggle with Hashimoto’s or any other thyroid issue and want to have a baby one day, this episode is great for you.

Episode Highlights: 

  • 4:20 Dr. Maren’s personal health journey 
  • 6:31 Getting a general overview of your thyroid 
  • 9:00 Why the thyroid is such a big factor in conception
  • 11:53 What your thyroid levels should be when trying to conceive
  • 14:53 Medications Dr. Maren prescribes to her clients
  • 16:46 How to focus on your thyroid health during pregnancy
  • 18:23 Who is a good candidate for thyroid testing 
  • 21:51 What to expect during the second and third trimester
  • 26:46 Why you might want to get extra testing
  • 28:00 5 things to remember for your thyroid health during pregnancy and preconception
  • 34:06 Thyroid concerns during the postpartum period
  • 40:44 Dr. Maren recommendation for women dealing with thyroid issues 
  • 43:49 A message for any woman who struggles with her thyroid and wants to have a baby
  • 45:22 Dr. Maren’s brand new resource for women from preconception to mommyhood and beyond
  • 46:24 How you can get in touch with Dr. Maren

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Guest Bio:

Christine Maren D.O. is a board-certified physician and the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. She is also the co-founder of Hey Mami (pronounced: “Mommy”), a platform dedicated to helping women navigate a healthy and happy motherhood. Dr. Maren was introduced to functional medicine after struggling with pregnancy complications and recurrent miscarriages. A functional medicine approach helped her address her own underlying health issues associated with gut infections, hypothyroidism, hormone imbalance and mold toxicity.

Now a mother of three, she’s devoted her professional life to helping women optimize their health before pregnancy, thrive postpartum and get their lives back. Dr. Maren is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). She is a compassionate clinician, speaker, and wellness advocate. She is married to a surgeon and together they balance rewarding careers with raising three beautiful children. Learn more at

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