Patient Comments: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis - Pregnancy

If you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, please share your experience with conceiving and/or pregnancy.

Comment from: Bonnie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I was married at 37 and immediately tried to get pregnant. When I was unable to conceive I had blood tests for fertility and was told that I had an FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) of 54 and would not be able to have children. Even though the doctors knew that I had been diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis since age 25, no one bothered to check my thyroid levels. About a year later during a physical with a new doctor my TSH was measured at .001. My Synthroid dosage was lowered. I became pregnant very quickly but miscarried. Once my TSH was in a normal range I had a successful pregnancy. I have two children. I had to adjust my medication to get pregnant at age 41 with my 2nd child as well.

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Comment from: Mary, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I didn't know I had Hashimoto's thyroiditis or any other thyroid issues when trying to conceive. With both babies it took about 9 months to conceive and both were born at 36 weeks. Because I didn't know I had Hashimoto's I couldn't understand why they came a bit earlier but since both were healthy I didn't worry about it too much. Now I know why!

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I have had Hashimoto"s thyroiditis since I was 16. I was married for three years before I conceived and then found out I was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy. Two months after removal of the affected fallopian tube I then found out I was pregnant again and now have 3 children. I don"t know if hypothyroidism affects the ability to conceive but I took the time to monitor my basal temperature to know when I was ovulating because I didn"t know back then that when ovulation is occurring it"s not always one ovary then the next month the other releases eggs. Don"t give up if you are trying!

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Comment from: momofsix, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I went a long time without being diagnosed with Hashimoto's. I was able to get pregnant but had with several of my children, very high levels of anxiety so much that I couldn't breastfeed. After my fourth child was born and a week later I was back in my size 6 skirt, I knew something wasn't right. By the time the endocrinologist did my TSH and the other lab tests, my thyroid was almost nonfunctioning. It took about three weeks to get my medicine levels right and then I have been so much better. I do think that the extreme problems with my thyroid levels had something to do with my severe feelings of anxiety and I wish I had been diagnosed properly to begin with but many times women are diagnosed with postpartum depression when it's really thyroiditis.

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Comment from: Momof3, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I have Hashimoto's. I conceived easily and have three children. However, I had a miscarriage before each full-term pregnancy, around 10- 12 weeks. I do think there is a connection. My oldest child was 9 when my youngest was born. I was not diagnosed until seven years after my youngest child was born. I knew in my 20s that I didn't feel right, but I was in my 40s when I was diagnosed.

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