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Old 12-12-2001, 09:37 AM   #1
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thyroid and pregnancy

ok first off i found out i had thyroid problems after the birth of my daughter 4 yrs ago. when she was about 6months old i stopped getting my period. didnt think much of it thought it was because of breast feeding. after about 4months i went to doc cause i could barely stand up i was always so tired and my skin was ghost white. my hair was falling out, they did tests on me one of them showed that my thyroid was not putting out enough hormone, accually in a nut shell i never have gotten much info on the whole disease. so up until 2 weeks ago i have been taking 150mcg of levoxyl until it changed and now im taking 150mcg of unithroid. well i hadnt gotten my period this month didnt think much about it again figured it was because of switch in meds. but took a pregnancy test anyways. came out pos went to docs took blood test came out pos. does anyone have any info on thyroid conditions and pregnacy anything i should look for? what about misscarriages and thyroid? im kinda nervous will the meds hurt the baby, i wont be going back to the docs for a couple of weeks.

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Old 12-12-2001, 01:02 PM   #2
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Re: thyroid and pregnancy

No, the meds won't hurt the baby. It is recommended that you stay on your meds and be tested regularly. there is a more critical need for thyroid med in the first trimester of the pregnancy, since the baby's thyroid isn't functional during that time. After that You still should stay on your meds, but there is less danger to the baby if you are low than in the first 12 weeks.

Many people recommend keeping your TSH about 1 or so and/or your Free T3 and Free T4 above the middle of their ranges to be sure you are medicated properly.

Here's a good start with a list of frequently asked questions on pregancy: <A HREF="http://www.thyroid%2Dinfo.com/articles/pregnancy.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.thyroid%2Dinfo.com/articles/pregnancy.htm</A>

And also here: <A HREF="http://thyroid.about.com/blpregnancy.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://thyroid.about.com/blpregnancy.htm</A>

Congratulations!

 
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Old 12-12-2001, 01:09 PM   #3
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Re: thyroid and pregnancy

Congratulations, kmb101! Your pregnancy is actually an indication of thyroid health, as we become more fertile when our hormones are balanced.

Here's a link to About.com's info regarding pregnancy and thyroid:
<A HREF="http://thyroid.about.com/cs/pregnantfertility/" TARGET=_blank>http://thyroid.about.com/cs/pregnantfertility/</A>

It is very important that you continue taking your Unithroid to ensure that the baby receives adequate amounts of thyroid hormone.

Talk to your Obstetrician and Endocrinologist and make sure they monitor your Free T3, Free T4, and TSH levels throughout your pregnancy. Watch your symptoms as well, as they may be the best and earliest indication that you need to adjust your dosage. There may be fluctuations due to interactions with the other hormones in your body (during and after the pregnancy) but, with careful monitoring, both you and the baby should be healthy to term.<p>[This message has been edited by ArtfulD (edited 12-12-2001).]

 
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Nice to be in sync, Meep! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif">

 
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Re: thyroid and pregnancy

Meep & Artful, you two save me a lot of typing! LOL

Besides that you are well-versed on the technical aspects, more than I.
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