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Old 01-28-2005, 11:11 PM   #1
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Can synthroid/hypothyroid hurt my baby?

Any advice would be most appreciated. In 2000, a blood test revealed that I was slightly outside the normal range and that I had hypothyroidism. A specialist told me that I could decide whether to take synthroid or not as I was so close to normal. I felt nothing different after taking the meds (for a month, I know, not long enough) so I quit. In 2005, I just went through a series of blood tests to make sure everything is O.K. before I try to get pregnant. Again, my OB-GYN said I am just a little abnormal, hypothyroid (4.9 with 4. being outer range of normal), but she would refer me to a specialist if I wanted. I went to see an endocrinologist who has scared me. He says that I should not attempt to conceive until I regulate my thyroid to 2.5. He says that studies show a baby to a mom with untreated hypothyroidism is at risk for a lower I.Q. than baby to a healthy woman. I hate the idea of taking a creepy pharmecutical during my pregnancy and for the rest of my life! I feel like I am so close to normal why do I have to get treated? My doctor obviously has to tow the party line and advise a hypothyroid person to get on meds, but what is the real truth? As far as suffering symptoms, I do not know that I have any ezcept for depression, which is an inherited problem for me. It also makes me upset that after waiting so long to have a baby I have to wait even longer. Thank you in advance for your help.

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Old 01-29-2005, 08:11 AM   #2
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Re: Can synthroid/hypothyroid hurt my baby?

Synthroid should not hurt anything. Chemically, its the same stuff your body produces naturally so you are "not taking drugs" per se, but replacing hormones that your body is not getting enough of.

I would not want to go through a regulation process while being pregnant cause it can be stressful to you physically and emotionally and of course to the baby. It is probably wise to get your hormones adjusted correctly before conceiving.

As for your levels, you should get more tests done. You need to know your Free T3 and Free T4 scores to figure your course of action. A TSH test alone cannot do much for you. It does indicate there can be a problem, but it is not a final diagnostic tool.

As for your depression, it can very well be a nonfunctioning thyroid that is the root. T3 in your system is like a shot of "happy drug". When you have enough T3, you feel upbeat, clear, focused.....kinda like speed. When your body does not have enough hormone, depression and fogginess are classic symptoms. I do not think hereditary has much to do with it.

I agree with your doc about getting regulated before conceiving but do not think it is mandatory at your level by any means. Your baby will not be slow and will not be short or anything like least I don't think that will be the case - you are BARELY hypo according to your TSH test alone and that number can fluctuate depending on the season, what you eat, stress, menstrual cycle, etc. I would start by retesting and including a full workup of TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Thyroid Antibodies and Total T3 and Thyroxine (Total T4). Once you have those numbers, you have a reference for future use and can decide what to do next.

Old 01-29-2005, 05:41 PM   #3
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Re: Can synthroid/hypothyroid hurt my baby?

Thank you nastyhashi. Your advice is very helpful and I will consider it in making my decision. I just did a new panel of blood tests with the endo. DR. and I will get the results on Monday.

Thank you so much.

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