Women suffering from hypothyroidism who are trying to get pregnant and maintain a pregnancy face difficult medical challenges. Low thyroid function or uncontrolled hypothyroidism before and during pregnancy can present serious complications. When your body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone, important bodily functions are slowed.
Hypothyroidism & Pregnancy
Hypothyroidism affects your entire body during pregnancy. The thyroid regulates your body’s metabolism, heartbeat, and temperature control. When your body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone, all of these functions can slow and bring on serious pregnancy complications.
- Low birth weight
- Poor brain development
- Birth defects
Women with thyroid problems can and very often do have healthy pregnancies. If you have hypothyroidism and are pregnant, it’s important to keep the following in mind during the time you’re expecting.
Stay Current on Your Medication
Continue to take your medication as prescribed. It’s common to have frequent testing so your doctor can make any necessary adjustments to your thyroid medication as your pregnancy progresses.
Discuss Updated Testing With Your Doctor
Women can develop hypothyroidism while they’re pregnant. Some doctors routinely check thyroid levels during pregnancy to monitor for low thyroid hormone levels. If the levels are lower than they should be, your doctor may suggest treatment.
Some women who never had thyroid problems before they were pregnant may develop them after having a baby. This is called postpartum thyroiditis. In about 80 percent of women, the condition resolves after a year, and medication is no longer required. Approximately 20 percent of women who have this diagnosis will go on to require long-term therapy.
Eat a Healthy Diet and Take Prenatal Vitamins
Your body needs more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals while you’re pregnant. Eating a well-balanced diet and taking multivitamins while you’re pregnant can help maintain a healthy pregnancy.
Hypothyroidism & Pregnancy Expertise
Dr. Hugh Melnick pays close attention to the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism – a common condition among women suffering from infertility.
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