Thyroid Diseases, Living Well With (cont.)
I can tell you that even some of the best prenatal vitamins do not include, in sufficient quantities, some of the nutrients that you may want to be sure you're getting. Also, most do not include amino acids like Tyrosine that are helpful to thyroid conditions.
A warning: Prenatal vitamins are typically high in iron and may contain supplemental calcium. Those are essential to a pregnant woman or nursing mother. Calcium and iron have the ability to interfere with the thyroid hormone that you are taking. So you need to make sure you are allowing three to four hours time difference between taking a vitamin that includes calcium or iron, and your thyroid drug, or you may be deactivating your thyroid drug and allowing yourself to become hypothyroid. This is important for pregnant women because adequate thyroid replacement hormones are important during your baby's development, even in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. Many women begin taking prenatal vitamins when trying to conceive or as soon as they find out they are pregnant. So be sure to take these drugs at least three to four hours apart. This also applies to calcium-fortified orange juice, which many people like to take in the morning, with their vitamins and medication. Do not take that with your thyroid medication.
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