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Not Actively TTC Yet, But I Need Help on Eating & Possible Thyroid Issue

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Old 04-22-2007, 04:18 PM   #1
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Not Actively TTC Yet, But I Need Help on Eating & Possible Thyroid Issue

I am not actively trying for a baby yet, but since I've read that thyroid problems can deter conception, I'm kind of worried. But my periods are very normal and on a 28 day cycle.

I plan (and hope) of conceiving in the next 2 - 3 years. Lately, it was brought to my attention to check my thyroid.

I have these sensations maybe 2 or 3 times a year. My joints hurt for seconds at a time then go away. I have a hot/cold sensation down my leg (thighs to toes) 2 or 3 times a year and close to the day before my period starts, which made me think it might be just a lack of nutrients, since I often feel it days before my period and it goes away after a couple days. Days before my period I feel fatigued, but no heavy periods, actually by day four it's almost gone.

I take a multivitamin too. I also take folic acid every few days.
I was anemic from age 14, i'm thirty now. But I do not have any physical health issues like dizziness or other pain.

I am trying to keep my body as healthy as possible to get pregnant as soon as I can, but I don't know when yet. Could you give me some advice as to how to keep healthy, what to eat, if I do have thyroid issues, and how I could keep a healthy body for quick conception and afull-term baby? Until I have it all checked out. Thank you.

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Old 04-23-2007, 10:22 AM   #2
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Re: Not Actively TTC Yet, But I Need Help on Eating & Possible Thyroid Issue

Hi CandP.

I have Graves disease (hyperthyroid) and it can effect pregnancy, so if you think you may have an issue you should get you TSH checked as well as your T3 & T4 levels.

I was told that having the Graves would most likely cause me to miscarry and on the other end of the spectrum if you are hypo, I think it can be more damaging to the fetus if your thyroid is not under control. My mom has Hashimotos (hypo). Do you know if anyone in your family has a thyroid problem as they are definitley genetic.

I actually do not have any big symptoms of my disease (although my metabolism seems to be faster), it was uncovered once I went to a reproductive endocrinologist and he tested my TSH (it was almost nonexistent <0.01). I am currently on medicine (PTU) to contol my levels.

Good luck with everything.

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