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Old 07-29-2008, 05:20 PM   #1
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Hashimotos and Pregnancy Question (long)

Hi everyone! I am new here but have found these forums very informative! I was wondering if anyone has experienced a normal healthy pregnancy with Hashimotos? Everything I have read about Hashimotos and pregnancy has been negative mainly about woman miscarrying or having other issues. I am 9 weeks pregnant with my second child. I was diagnosed with Hashimotos about 8 months ago when we decided to start trying for a second child. My regular Dr. discovered that my TSH was 38. I immediately made an appointment with an Endocrinologist who checked my TSH, free T4, free T3, and Anti-TPO. My TSH was 36,free T4 was 0.74, free T3 was 2.7 and Anti-TPO was 677. I was put on 50mcg of Levothyroxine which seems to be working.

My latest TSH was 1.28 and my free T4 was 1.2 which the Dr. seemed happy with. I am getting follow-up blood work every 6 weeks to make sure these levels are maintained. Are there things I should be aware of with having Hashimotos and being pregnant? Are there any special precautions I should be taking?

 
Old 07-30-2008, 03:50 AM   #2
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Re: Hashimotos and Pregnancy Question (long)

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My latest TSH was 1.28 and my free T4 was 1.2 which the Dr. seemed happy with. I am getting follow-up blood work every 6 weeks to make sure these levels are maintained. Are there things I should be aware of with having Hashimotos and being pregnant? Are there any special precautions I should be taking?
I've had two pregnancies with autoimmune hypothyroidism and now have two beautiful children . I'd say the most important thing is to maintain a high enough level of FT4, the foetus relies on your T4.

The other thing is that your antibodies can be passed onto your baby so your paediatrician needs to keep an eye out for the baby once it is born.

For me, I'd say the most important thing was that during pregnancy the immune system is depressed so thyroid symptoms were less, but then post-partum the immune system kicks back and I had a massive attack about 4-6 months after the baby was born and had to double my thyroxine dose.

I wish you well, and a happy and healthy pregnancy.

 
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