Hypothyroidism During Pregnancy - Diagnosis

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Hypothyroidism during pregnancy facts

  • Hypothyroidism, wherein the thyroid gland produces an inadequate amount of thyroid hormone, is a common disorder particularly in women of childbearing age.
  • Hypothyroidism of the mother during pregnancy may result in developmental delay in the child.
  • Treatment of hypothyroidism requires thyroid hormone medication.
  • There may be indications to start thyroid hormone therapy in women who are borderline in thyroid function and who are either pregnant or desiring pregnancy.
  • The treatment goal of hypothyroidism in pregnancy is to maintain a thyroid hormone level within high normal range.
  • Pregnant women who are on thyroid hormone should have blood testing frequently during pregnancy as requirements may change.
  • Early studies found that children born to mothers with hypothyroidism during pregnancy had lower IQ and impaired psychomotor (mental and motor) development. If properly controlled, often by increasing the amount of thyroid hormone, women with hypothyroidism can have healthy, unaffected babies.
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Comment from: filipalopescardoso, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

Hi, I have 22 and I am pregnant for the 1st time. I have Hashimoto's Thyroid disease. And at the moment I'am 4 weeks pregnant. I am really worried at the moment. Is to often on this conditions to have a miscarriage? Thanks

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Comment from: jms, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

In 94' I found out that something was wrong with my thyroid (neck bulged out), I cannot remember in detail exactly as I was young at the time. I took 8 pills (not sure what kind) before I underwent radiation treatment to determine if I would be off the pills or not. It is now 2013, I take levothyroxine, I have three children 12, 11 and 6. All are normal and bright kids. I take medications as directed by the doctor, for instance, 30 minutes before I eat breakfast. When I thought it would be ok to skip a pill here and there, I gradually got weak. So it's best to keep up with the medications and not let it get you lazy.

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