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Old 02-19-2011, 04:58 AM   #1
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Cool Pregnancy with hypothyroidism!

Hi my name is Carrie im 26 yrs old and i have Hypothyroidism. So my question is one i still havent found any answers to. Is it possible to get pregnant and have a successful pregnancy with Hypothyroidism? And also how long is it gonna take for this to happen for me? Ive been on Levothyroxin for about 3 yrs now and i always thought i would have had a baby by now. Thank you to anyone who answers this

 
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Re: Pregnancy with hypothyroidism!

Yes you can have a succesful pregnancy and a healthy baby but your thyroid levels need to be monitored carefully. There are women that have no problem in getting (and staying) pregnant with hypoT. Most women need a higher dose when pregnant and you may need to increase the dose right in the beginning of the pregnancy. To prepare for pregnancy have your medication adjusted properly - most people need to have their TSH around 1 and free thyroid levels around midrange or higher - so that you don't have hypoT symptoms.

 
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Re: Pregnancy with hypothyroidism!

Not all doctors understand the difference between adequate thyroid levels and optimal ones, so they tend to undertreat the majority of the time. You need to investigate whether you are being undertreated. Find out your current TSH and free T4 levels. (You can post them here for help in interpreting them if you want.) IF your infertility is being caused by your thyroid, it will reverse when your levels become optimized. If your levels are already optimal, it has to be assumed that the infertility is being caused by something else.

 
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Re: Pregnancy with hypothyroidism!

Most definitely, a successful pregnancy requires thyroid hormone levels (FT4, FT3) to be towards the upper third of the range.

Since it can take 6 wks. for a synthroid/levothyroxine dose adjustment to reflect in levels, you really need to stay ahead of the game with your dosing.

I agree that you need to take a peek at your levels and make sure your treatment is optimal.
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Re: Pregnancy with hypothyroidism!

I hope you've been seeing a fertility specialist if you've been trying for 3 years? You can also try a reproductive endocrinologist as well. This is exactly what they specialize in.

 
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