Hypothyroidism During Pregnancy - Diet and Medication

What dietary or medication changes did you make while you were pregnant? Did your thyroid levels change?

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What is the thyroid gland?

The thyroid is a gland weighing about 15 grams (about half an ounce) that is located in the front of the neck just below the Adam's apple (cricoid cartilage). The thyroid gland is responsible for the production of the body's thyroid hormone. The thyroid responds to hormonal signals from the brain to maintain a constant level of thyroid hormone. The hormone signals are sent by specialized areas of the brain (hypothalamus and pituitary), eventually sending thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that promotes thyroid hormone production by the thyroid gland.

Picture of the Thyroid Gland
Picture of the Thyroid Gland
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