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Your Thyroid & Pregnancy

5 Things You Should Know


Updated May 16, 2014

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  1. Everyone can have thyroid problems.
    Even if you’ve never had thyroid issues prior to pregnancy, you should have your thyroid levels checked in early pregnancy and again in early postpartum. These are very likely times when you may experience difficulties with your thyroid for a variety of reasons.

  2. Low thyroid levels can cause mental retardation and other problems.
    Your thyroid hormones are necessary for a healthy baby. It is important that you have the right amount of hormone in your system to ensure a healthy baby.

  3. Be checked early in pregnancy if you already take thyroid replacements.
    Even early on in pregnancy your thyroid hormone needs can change. You may need to increase or adjust the amount of medication you are taking. You may need to be rechecked frequently through out your pregnancy to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy.

  4. Don’t stop taking your thyroid hormones.
    If you become pregnant while taking thyroid replacement medications, do not stop taking your medications. Thyroid replacement hormones are a pregnancy Category A drug, meaning they are among the safest drugs available during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor before changing any of your medications.

  5. It is possible to have a safe, uneventful pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding experience while experiencing thyroid difficulties.
    Keeping an eye on thyroid levels and adjusting your medications as necessary are the only treatments that you should need in pregnancy and beyond. If you keep a good eye on this, you shouldn’t have many worries about your pregnancy or birth. It is also important to note that breastfeeding is possible and highly encouraged, even if you have thyroid issues and take medications.

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