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Thyroid and Pregnancy


With right and timely medical intervention it is possible to cope with thyroid easily. You can have a healthy pregnancy even after getting detected with thyroid during pregnancy. Read on to know more about coping with thyroid problems during pregnancy.

Most of the thyroid cases in women are found to occur during the childbearing age. As such, getting detected with thyroid during pregnancy is quite common. But the point to be noted is that, malfunctioning of the thyroid gland can cause multiple complications during the entire course of pregnancy.

According to statistical findings, around 2.5% of all pregnant women are detected with variable degrees of hypothyroidism. Amongst the various countries the intensity of population getting affected with thyroid can differ.


Coping with Thyroid During Pregnancy

There are certain points to take care of in relation to thyroid during pregnancy:

Anyone can have a thyroid problem – One must understand that thyroid problems can be attributed to some known factors and at times to genetic inheritance according to many researchers. It is thereby advised that the thyroid levels are checked just after conception, so that treatment can be planned at the very onset and the chances of the fetus getting adversely affected by the disease is lowered. You should follow your doctor’s advice and go for tests postpartum too; as the thyroid is known to malfunction at this stage as well in most women.


Treating Thryroid Problem

If you are undergoing a treatment for thyroid already, take additional care.

As mentioned earlier many women are found to undergo thyroid issues right after their puberty. So if you too are undergoing a continuous treatment for thyroid after conception and during the early stages of your pregnancy, you must ensure that you have made your physician aware of it. The medication needs to be adjusted or enhanced according to the reports of the other test results of your pregnancy. You must go through frequent checkups throughout your pregnancy term so that the baby is born healthy.


Treatment is Straightforward

During pregnancy or otherwise, the treatment for hypothyroidism is very straightforward. The lacking or inadequate T4 hormone is synthetically administered and the dosage is adjusted so that a steady level of the thyroid hormone is maintained in the bloodstream. This is why a regular monitoring of the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone or TSH is required during the entire pregnancy and postpartum.


Never Stop Your Medications

Some women commit the mistake of deciding to stop the intake of thyroid hormones once they become pregnant. This is a wrong move. Always consult your doctor before deciding on anything as the well-being of the baby and your health are directly interlinked. Thyroid replacement hormones fall under the pregnancy category A drug, which entails that they are amongst the safest ones to be taken during pregnancy.


Complications Due to Thyroid During Pregnancy

Hypothyroidism can result in mental retardation in the baby.

There are a number of instances where it is found that hypothyroidism in the mother during pregnancy has resulted in the baby being born with varied levels of mental retardation and other associated problems. Thereby, ensuring that there is just the right amount of the thyroid hormone in your system is very important.

Finally, there is no point to worry or panic if you are already suffering from thyroid related issues. Conceiving, giving birth to the baby and entire pregnancy term and breastfeeding can be normal just like other women even for mothers suffering from thyroid problems. It is all about timely medical intervention, following the doctor’s advice and following up with tests at regular intervals. The only point to note is that thyroid if left untreated or the medications are stopped midway all of a sudden without the prior advice of the doctor; it can render adverse impact on the mother as well as the baby.

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Tina.3 years ago
Hi, I found to have hypothyroidism when I was 3 months pregnant. since then I have been taking tablets 50mg. Now my baby is 4 months old. How long should continue this medication?
 
 
 
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Tina.3 years ago
Hi, I found to have hypothyroidism when I was 3 months pregnant. since then I have been taking tablets 50mg. Now my baby is 4 months old. How long should continue this medication?
 
 
 
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Tina.3 years ago
Hi, I found to have hypothyroidism when I was 3 months pregnant. since then I have been taking tablets 50mg. Now my baby is 4 months old. How long should continue this medication?
 
 
 
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Tina.3 years ago
Hi, I found to have hypothyroidism when I was 3 months pregnant. since then I have been taking tablets 50mg. Now my baby is 4 months old. How long should continue this medication?
 
 
 
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Tina.3 years ago
Hi, I found to have hypothyroidism when I was 3 months pregnant. since then I have been taking tablets 50mg. Now my baby is 4 months old. How long should continue this medication?
 
 
 
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Tina.3 years ago
Hi, I found to have hypothyroidism when I was 3 months pregnant. since then I have been taking tablets 50mg. Now my baby is 4 months old. How long should continue this medication?
 
 
 
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Tina.3 years ago
Hi, I found to have hypothyroidism when I was 3 months pregnant. since then I have been taking tablets 50mg. Now my baby is 4 months old. How long should continue this medication?
 
 
 
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Hendrix.4 years ago
can i take vitamin supplements along with my thyroid medication?
 
 
 
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Sima.4 years ago
I have been trying to conceive for a long time. recently i got tests done and got to know that I have an underactive thyroid. is this the cause of being unable to conceive?
 
 
 
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Sulabh.4 years ago
my wife has a very high thyroid. She is taking thyroxine. now we are planning to have a baby will this affect the pregnancy?
 
 
 
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